Whickers World Foundation Sage Award for new documentary filmmakers over 50. Unfortunately it wasn't shortlisted but they have promised me some "deserved feedback"!
Thanks to my crew Nina Baillie (Camera), Josche Eickel (Sound) and Chantal Felui Gurri and Mike Goreham (Editors). Thanks too to David Shipman for helping set things up.
FreeFire Q & A at Ritzy.
Michael stars alongside Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders), Brie Larson (Room, Short Term 12) and others in a great ensemble effort. Brie won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Lenny Abrahamson's multi award winning film Room in 2016
I was fortunate to meet and chat with Ben and his producer Andy Starke before the screening.
A Poitín Whiskey Fuelled Romp through Time, Space and the Irish Countryside.
In other news I'm having a big push on finishing my novel Ulysses O'Mooney after being selected for the Penguin Books #WriteNowLive scheme before Christmas. I was delighted to be selected for the scheme which had over 2000 applicants for only 150 places devided between Birmingham, London and Manchester events.
Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
You can read 3 extracts on Wattpad here.
Film Production News.
My plan for the rest of the year is to make at least two quality shorts that I can enter into BAFTA and Oscar feeder festivals. Assuming I can get these films selected this would then qualify me for prestigious talent development and mentoring schemes such as Guiding Lights.
I'm also aiming to have a nano budget feature ready for entry into the London Screenings Breakthrough Strand in March 2018. Any producers,crew or financial backers that wants to help with these projects should get in touch via email to info [AT] sticklebackproductions.co.uk
NB I'm nowhere near casting yet so would request that actors send a short covering letter and CV with links to reel etc.
New Battle of Britain Documentary Project
I'm also currently trying to put some funding together to go and interview a 102 year old Battle of Britain pilot about his wartime experiences. This would hopefully form the basis of a longish short or even feature length documentary.
Owen de Visser.