Yesterday, Creative England held a showcase event at the Soho Theatre, London to celebrate the iWrite: Regional Partnership programme and announce the three short film scripts greenlit for production. Head here to view a gallery of the event.
With film industry in attendance, the event introduced the iWrite cohort of writers and staged extracts from the shortlisted projects, directed by Esther Richardson. Producer Michelle Eastwood was also introduced as being engaged to realise the following selected short films:
- Tom Benn – ‘Real Gods Require Blood’ (from Writers’ Centre, Norwich cohort, below right)
- Kellie Smith – ‘The Big Day’ (from Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester cohort, below left)
- Curtis Jay Cole – ‘Couldn’t Care Less’ (from Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester cohort, below centre)
Paul Ashton, Senior Film Executive at Creative England said:
“The strength of voice and story in the short films being produced through iWrite are a testament to the sheer quality of talent in the regions. They are also a testament to the importance of the work that Creative England and our partners are doing in the regions.
BAFTA nominated Michelle from 104 Films and Escape Films (co-producer on Sex & Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll and sole producer on BIFA-winning, In Our Name) will bring her expansive knowledge of the industry and breadth of experience as a producer to her role on the winning titles.
She will work with the selected writers on their films and, along with Creative England, introduce them to the wider UK film industry, helping them to find directors for their shorts.
Michelle Eastwood said:
"I’m really excited to be bringing the first film works of these talented writers to the screen. The scripts are cinematic, unique and entertaining and, with the help of some visionary directors, will make fantastic films.”
As well as announcing the three selected scripts, the winner of the Writer’s Prize was also revealed. Prominent playwright and screenwriter Rebecca Lenkiewicz, who spoke at Bristol Old Vic as part of iWrite, chose Kefi Chadwick’s (right) feature project generated on the programme, and will mentor her as she further develops it for the screen. The feature is an adaptation of her play, 'Any Means Necessary' which is being staged at the Nottingham Playhouse throughout this month.
The total group of seven writers that had their scripts showcased at the event were:
- Charlene James – ‘Dark’
- Curtis Jay Cole – ‘Couldn’t Care Less’
- Kellie Smith – ‘The Big Day’
- Paddy Campbell – ‘Unaccompanied Minor’
- Samuel Edward Taylor – ‘Ribs’
- Silva Semerciyan – ‘Strongman’
- Tom Benn – ‘Real Gods Require Blood’
Since its launch in the summer of 2015, Creative England‘s iWrite programme has enabled new writing talent to be scouted from regional theatres including Bristol Old Vic, The Rep Birmingham, Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, Writers’ Centre Norwich and Live Theatre Newcastle.
The programme was delivered for Creative England by Anna Seifert Speck and was part of the BFI NET.WORK’s commitment to supporting British filmmaking talent in the English regions. View a selection of images below or by visiting our Facebook gallery.
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