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Simon Bird’s Creative England Supported Short ‘Ernestine & Kit’ to Debut at SXSW 2016

‘Ernestine & Kit’, the new short film directed by actor Simon Bird and supported by Creative England, has been selected for SXSW 2016 as part of their Narrative Shorts Competition.   

Produced by Matt Wilkinson of Stigma Films, Bird’s short was co-financed by PR company Freud Communications. 

Based on author Kevin Barry’s darkly comic short story, Ernestine and Kit are two pensioners who travel the picturesque countryside of Ireland and imagine the terrible, immoral lives people are living. The short's eponymous stars are played by screen veterans Pauline Collins and Rosaleen Linehan, respectively.

'Ernestine & Kit' marks the directorial debut of actor Simon Bird whose past on-screen credits include ‘Friday Night Dinner’ and the popular Channel 4 series and movie franchise, ‘The Inbetweeners’. In addition, Matt Wilkinson has extensive Producing experience, having worked on the likes of ‘SLR’ with ‘Game of Thrones’ star Liam Cunningham and ‘Inseparable’ with Benedict Cumberbatch. Wilkinson also previously produced sci-fi horror ‘The Call Up’ which received support through Creative England’s West Midlands Production Fund under the guidance of Senior Film Executive Richard Holmes.

Creative England also has a feature script in development with the director-producer team - an adaptation of Joff Winterhart's award-winning graphic novel ‘Days of the Bagnold Summer’, to be penned by Lisa Owens, whose debut novel ‘Not Working’ is due to be published this Spring. 

Creative England’s Senior Film Executive, Paul Ashton said:

“We are absolutely delighted the short has been selected as one of only 20 Narrative Shorts at SXSW in 2016 - it's a fantastic World premiere platform to kick start the film's festival life.”

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