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INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE

A Brian Ashby film, directed by John Stephenson OBE

Starring James Purefoy, Aneurin Barnard, Samantha Barks, Morfydd Clark, Adrian Edmundson & Dervla Kirwan

The making of a masterpiece: A tale of love, lust and murder

 

Directed by John Stephenson OBE with final screenplay by       Brian Ashby, Helen Clare Cromarty and John Stephenson O.B.E.

 

INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE

From the makers of “Sense and Sensibility” and “Gosford Park”

This summer, prepare for a solar-plexus knockout as Carnaby International presents astonishing Mozart drama and British feature, Interlude in Prague, arriving in cinemas nationwide from 25th May 2017 and on DVD and Digital HD from 29th May 2017.

From the makers of Sense and Sensibility and Gosford Park, the powerful and eagerly anticipated feature is an intense and emotional narrative of love, lust and murder. Based on true life events, it follows the story of a few turbulent months in the short life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that influenced the creation of the undisputed operatic masterpiece, Don Giovanni. A love story and a tragedy of epic proportions, the film sees Mozart in a Shakespeare in Love style drama with a Dangerous Liaisons tragic end. The dates and locations are real but the plot is fictitious.

 

Shot and set against the beauty and splendour of the Bohemian capital, exactly where the story takes place and where Mozart himself walked the streets over 226 years ago, Interlude in Prague stars James Purefoy (Solomon Kane, John Carter, Ironclad), Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk, War & Peace, The White Queen), Les Miserables’ Samantha Barks and Morfydd Clark (Love & Friendship, Les Liaisons Dangereuse, The Falling) alongside Ade Edmondson (Ade in Britain, Guest House Paradiso, Bottom) and Dervla Kirwan (Ondine, Entity).

The storyline follows a brief interlude in the composer’s colourful life during one of his several visits to Prague. Tired of demonstrating his talents to a privileged elite, Mozart, played by Aneurin Barnard, is brought to the Bohemian city by Baron Saloka (James Purefoy), a vain and self-obsessed aristocrat, apparently above the law who lives a privileged life. On his arrival, Mozart is happy to have found the one place on earth where he feels his talent is most appreciated and sets about creating a new opera at the Nostitz Theatre. However Mozart’s unconventional presence in Prague soon unleashes a series of dramatic and tragic events. Zuzanna Lubtak, a young and beautiful soprano played by Morfydd Clark, is to be betrothed to Saloka but falls in love with Mozart and they have a passionate encounter. Saloka, a narcissist and sexual-predator, develops an overwhelming fury that results in brutality and murder. In a tangled web of passion and violence, the drama is captured by the magnificent and enchanting music of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

 

Directed by John Stephenson OBE (Animal Farm, Five Children and It, The Christmas Candle) with final screenplay by Brian Ashby, Helen Clare Cromarty and John Stephenson OBE, Interlude In Prague is produced by Productive International’s Huw Penallt Jones (Damascus Cover, The Man Who Knew Infinity, The Edge of Love, Cold Mountain, Chaos) along with Hannah Leader (Damascus Cover, Lucky Number Slevin, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead) and Brian Ashby with cinematography by Michael Brewster (The Christmas Candle, Five Children and It, Animal Farm) and production design by Oscar winning Luciana Arrighi (Only You, The Man Who Knew Infinity, Jakob The Liar). Hybrid’s Charlotte and Mike Truman, on board as composers and music producers, have collaborated with Artistic Director & Principal Conductor of the Prague Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Miriam Němcová, whose work includes internationally revered recording of Mozart’s Requiem, to produce a captivating original music score inspired by Mozart’s work.

 

Interlude in Prague was adapted from screenwriter, Brian Ashby’s, original factional script about Mozart’s visit to Prague to conduct the Marriage of Figaro at the Nostitz Theatre. Working together with Helen Clare Cromarty and John Stephenson OBE, Ashby then adapted this into a screenplay for a full feature film. Ashby is currently penning a novel for Interlude in Prague, based on the screenplay.

Director, John Stephenson OBE, said: “When I first read the script for Interlude in Prague, I was immediately captivated. At its core it is a love story and a tragedy of epic proportions and the characters, the passions, the heartbreak and catastrophic outcome could just as easily exist in a contemporary story. We shot this entirely in Prague, a city unaffected by time, across spectacular locations steeped in history and cultural significance. We used a fast moving camera and cutting edge post-production techniques to capture the energy and atmosphere of a modern thriller. The result, I believe, is a glorious heart-in-mouth thriller which we hope will strike a chord with audiences around the world.”

Creator, Brian Ashby added: “Having written three books I decided the next one should be a screenplay about Mozart’s intriguing life and glorious composition.  I began writing it way back in 1999 but because of my naivety about the film industry I made little progress in promoting it until I contacted a fellow Member of Mensa, Helen Claire Cromarty, who introduced me to a Director, John Stephenson.  That was some three and a half years ago and, from that meeting, the film has flourished with a red carpet world premiere set to take place in London’s Leicester Square. I knew it was going to be a steep learning curve.  I did not realise it was going to be vertical!  I hope the public thinks it is worthwhile.”

Interlude in Prague will be released in the UK by London-based Carnaby International, who is also handling worldwide rights for the film. A share of the film’s profits will be donated to two charities including Marie Curie1 and Foundation Derbyshire2.

 

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About Carnaby International                                                                                                                                                                         Carnaby International Sales and Distribution PLC is an all rights UK distributor and International Sales agent, whilst also offering co-production and financing. Carnaby International PLC was established in 2001 and is dubbed an ‘Indie Giant’.  The company was originally set up with the specific purpose of financing and producing British feature films with 14 feature films and over 800 hours of TV programming – which has sold extensively worldwide – to its credit.  The company’s Finance and Production Division is based in Essex and headed by Terry and Michael Loveday, whilst Co-production, Sales and Distribution is based in London’s Soho and run by Sean O’Kelly and Andrew Loveday.  The company has raised over $80M in the last 7 years and is continuously looking for commercial projects with strong talent.

Marie Curie – care and support through terminal illness                                                                                                                                 Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness. The charity helps people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance. Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS. For more information visit www.mariecurie.org.uk
About Foundation Derbyshire                                                                                                                                                       Foundation Derbyshire is improving the quality of life for people in Derbyshire by investing and distributing funds, on behalf of a wide range of donors, to local voluntary organisations, charities and projects.

 

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The making of a masterpiece: A tale of love, lust and murder

 

SHORT SYNOPSIS

Interlude in Prague is a story of love, lust, and murder based on true events that inspired Mozart’s operatic masterpiece Don Giovani.

 

LONG SYNOPSIS

From the makers of Sense and Sensibility and Gosford Park, the powerful and eagerly anticipated feature is an intense and emotional narrative of love, lust and murder. Based on true life events, it follows the story of a few turbulent months in the short life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that influenced the creation of the undisputed operatic masterpiece, Don Giovanni. A love story and a tragedy of epic proportions, the film sees Mozart in a Shakespeare in Love style drama with a Dangerous Liaisons tragic end. The dates and locations are real but the plot is fictitious.

The storyline follows a brief interlude in the composer’s colourful life during one of his several visits to Prague. Tired of demonstrating his talents to a privileged elite, Mozart, played by Aneurin Barnard, is brought to the Bohemian city by Baron Saloka (James Purefoy), a vain and self-obsessed aristocrat, apparently above the law who lives a privileged life. On his arrival, Mozart is happy to have found the one place on earth where he feels his talent is most appreciated and sets about creating a new opera at the Nostitz Theatre. However Mozart’s unconventional presence in Prague soon unleashes a series of dramatic and tragic events. Zuzanna Lubtak, a young and beautiful soprano played by Morfydd Clark, is to be betrothed to Saloka but falls in love with Mozart and they have a passionate encounter. Saloka, a narcissist and sexual-predator, develops an overwhelming fury that results in brutality and murder. In a tangled web of passion and violence, the drama is captured by the magnificent and enchanting music of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

CAST AND CREW

Baron Saloka

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Josefa Duchek

Zuzanna Lubtak

Herr Lubtak

Frau Lubtak

Constanza

Barbarina

Ferdinand

Fraulein Ribber

Marek Novak

Hana

Henry Novy

Johann Bohac

Jakub

Laporel Bloch

Hans

Maria

Wanda

Herr Burgen

 

 

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Line Producer

 

Associate Producer

 

Executive Producers

 

 

 

 

 

Director of Photography

 

Production Designer

 

Editors

 

Casting

 

Costume Designer

 

Hair and Make Up

 

Music composers

JAMES PUREFOY

ANEURIN BARNARD

SAMANTHA BARKS

MORFYDD CLARK

ADRIAN EDMONSON

DERVLA KIRWAN

CHARLOTTE PETERS

RUBY BENTALL

TRENT GARRETT

KLARA ISSOVA

NICKOLAS GRACE

ANNA RUST

EDMUND KINGLSEY

KRYSTOF HADEK

RAYMOND THIRY

IAN BONAR

JIRI MADL

ALENA DOLAKOVA

CLAUDIA VASEKOVA

ROSS WILLIAM WILD

 

 

JOHN STEPHENSON OBE

 

BRIAN ASHBY, HELEN CLARE CROMARTY & JOHN STEPHENSON OBE

 

HUW PENALLT JONES & HANNAH LEADER

 

DAVID MINKOWSKI

MATTHEW STILLMAN

 

SIMON MOSELEY

 

TOM HARBERD

 

HELEN CLARE CROMARTY

PHIL HUNT

SEAN O’KELLY

ANDREW LOVEDAY

COMPTON ROSS

 

MICHAEL BREWSTER

 

LUCIANA ARRIGHHI

 

EMMA E. HICKOX, A.C.E

DAVIDE FREEMAN

JOHN & ROS HUBBARD

 

PAM DOWNE

 

KATIE PICKLES

 

MIKE & CHARLOTTE TRUMAN

DIRECTOR’S VISION

It is rare to come across a film script that offers as much dramatic possibility as Interlude in Prague. It is a love story and a tragedy of epic proportions.

Set in Prague during the year 1788, it tells the story of a few turbulent months that influenced the creation of an operatic masterpiece.

Tired of demonstrating his talents to a privileged elite, a frustrated and misunderstood Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is brought to Prague by Baron Saloka, a narcissistic, vain and self-obsessed aristocrat.

We will feel Mozart’s relief to have left the drawing rooms and parlours of Vienna behind and his happiness to be in a place where he feels his talent is fully appreciated.

Zuzanna Lubtak, a soprano beautiful, young and innocent, is betrothed to Saloka but falls in love with Mozart and they have a passionate encounter.

We will create a sumptuous world of Baroque theatre, where Saloka, who is a terrifying sexual predator, aroused by beauty, will become insanely jealous and develop an overwhelming hatred for Mozart. This results in callous brutality, rape and murder.

Mozart is a savant, ill-equipped to deal with the passion and violence which surrounds him. His whole being is affected by it and it becomes the creativity behind the astonishing music and drama of Don Giovanni.

In the finale we will see Mozart’s masterpiece mirroring the tragic events and the characters that took over his life in Prague, Saloka in particular being preserved forever as the anti-hero, Don Giovanni.

Shot entirely in Prague, a city unaffected by time, the film will combine all the beauty of eighteenth century bohemia with the glory of Mozart’s music. Yet the story centered around the sexual politics of 18C, the passions, the heartbreak and awful outcome could just as easily exist in a contemporary setting.

Fast moving camera, modern post-production techniques, shot and edited with the energy and atmosphere of a modern thriller it will result in a film which delivers passion, emotion and heart-in-mouth entertainment

John Stephenson OBE, Director, Interlude In Prague

 

 

 

 

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Whicker’s World Foundation launches new grant for New York-based Chicken & Egg Pictures

Whicker’s World Foundation launches new grant for New York-based Chicken & Egg Pictures

  • Whicker’s World Foundation is expanding its reach to help ensure that more women enter the profession.
  • Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women non-fiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyses social change.
  • Submissions for existing Whicker’s World Foundation Awards 2017 are being accepted.

Whicker’s World Foundation launches a new bursary for New York-based Chicken & Egg Pictures, to help fulfil their mission to increase the number of women documentary makers introduced into the industry pipeline.
Whicker’s World Foundation—set up to fund a new generation of documentary makers—is expanding its reach to help ensure that more women enter the profession. The Foundation, which awards one of the biggest cash prizes in documentary production (£80,000 to an individual) has created an additional annual £10,000 grant for Chicken & Egg Pictures’ Accelerator Lab program.

 

Accelerator Lab, open to applicants from around the world, provides first- and second-time women filmmakers with a $35,000 grant, a year-long creative support program with participation in three one-week labs (all expenses covered), mentorship catered to each individual and her project, and opportunities for networking with industry professionals and the filmmaker community. As Jenni Wolfson, Executive Director of Chicken & Egg Pictures, said about the program, “We don’t simply support films, we foster careers. This holistic approach is the key to successfully supporting women filmmakers.”

 


The New York-based organisation’s strategy uniquely aligns with Whicker’s World’s continued efforts to broaden the world of documentary. Announcing the new annual award, Alan Whicker’s lifelong partner and founder of the Foundation Valerie Kleeman said: “Alan wanted his legacy to help documentary makers the world over.  He was ahead of time in his enthusiasm and support for the female perspective in his own filmmaking.  At the Whicker’s World Foundation, we want to be sure that there is equal opportunity for men and women in documentary and I have been impressed by the fact that Chicken & Egg Pictures give to women when they most need it. I feel sure that funding at an early stage will make a huge difference to women in this industry.”

The Foundation is kicking off its support with a grant towards Assia Boundaoui’s participation in the Accelerator Lab program for The Feeling of Being Watched, an exploration of the FBI’s pre-9/11 counterterrorism activities in the filmmaker’s Arab-American neighbourhood outside of Chicago.

“We are so excited about this highly topical project and hope our support will help ‘accelerate’ Assia’s film towards receiving more funding and making the most powerful film she can. Last year, only one in five of our finalists for our main funding award was a woman. We hope the Whicker’s World grant to the Accelerator Lab will widen the base of would-be applicants,” said Jane Ray, Artistic Director of Whicker’s World Foundation.

Not the first time the two organisations crossed paths in the world of documentary, the Foundation previously made an ad-hoc payment of £5,000 to another Chicken & Egg Pictures grantee, Hana Mire, who is developing Rajada Dalka (Nation’s Hope), the working title of a film about Somalia’s women’s national basketball team.
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About Whicker’s World Foundation

 

Whicker’s World Foundation was set up in 2015 and gives one of documentary’s biggest cash prizes (£80,000) to an authored documentary-maker every year and £15,000 to the runner up. Entries for the main WWF Funding award close on February 14th 2017.

 

Applications for the Radio & Audio Funding Award close 28th February 2017

Applications for the 2017 Audio Recognition Award close 14th February 2017

Applications for the 2017 Sage Awards close 14th February 2017

 

For further information visit www.whickersworldfoundation.com

 

 

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Chicken & Egg Pictures
Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women non-fiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.

 

For more information, visit chickeneggpics.org or contact Cindy Choung, External Relations Manager, Chicken & Egg Pictures, at cindy@chickeneggpics.org

 

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Whicker’s World Foundation launches inspiring Funding Award at Radio Festival

Whicker’s World Foundation launches

inspiring Funding Award at Radio Festival

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  • Whicker’s World Foundation launches the Radio & Audio Funding Award (RAFA) at the Radio Festival, the annual celebration of all things audio at the British Library. The festival brings together a full media scope of leading figures from the UK’s audio industry.
  • Supporting authored storytelling in the UK, taking us into new or hitherto unseen worlds, RAFA will help fund independent audio documentary makers.
  • RAFA Awards are worth a total of £7,000.
  • Submissions for this and existing Whicker’s World Foundation Awards 2017 are now being accepted.

Whicker’s World Foundation will today, at the UK’s popular Radio Festival hosted by broadcaster Paddy O’Connell launch a brand-new funding award – the RAFA –  to help aspiring independent audio documentary makers. The awards were created to celebrate and encourage excellence in audio documentaries, and have been generously funded by a legacy left by the celebrated journalist Alan Whicker who died in 2013. Whicker wanted to encourage curiosity, stimulate the senses and empower talent which might otherwise never find a place in today’s highly-competitive industry.

The Whicker’s World Foundation, launched in 2015, has already awarded over £100,000.The award prizes consist of £5,000 for the winner and a runner-up prize of £2,000. The winning pitches will offer new and exciting ideas for audio documentaries, meeting Whicker’s World Foundation criteria of: taking us into a new or hitherto unseen worlds; being personal but not partisan; and with an emphasis on strong original storytelling and development of the medium. Applicants need to supply up to six minutes worth of audio in support of their proposals.Deadline for entries is 23rd December 2016, there is no application fee and candidates can apply online. The best five will be invited to pitch at an event in March 2017 and the winners will be announced at next year’s Radio Festival.Whicker’s broadcasting career began in radio and he went on to join Radio 2 in the late 1990s, adding what Jim Moir, the then Controller, described as Great lustre to my network. Alan was an avid fan of radio documentary and told the press he wanted to return to it because, unlike TV,  it didn’t ‘dumb down’ – radio and ‘assumed an intelligent audience’. Alan Whicker’s passion continues into new generations with awards such as RAFA, created to empower emerging talent.The panel of judges will be looking for imaginative storytelling, either breaking new ground or taking a familiar path in a new and innovative direction. Valerie Kleeman , Whicker’s partner in life and work for over 40 years, said: “Alan was well aware that he had been lucky enough to start working at a time when serious journalism was respected and presenters given the freedom to fashion their own programmes. He and his colleagues were writing the grammar of what was to follow; they were given support and opportunities and often allowed to learn on the job. He was aware that this scenario is not replicated today; money is scarce and commissioners are reluctant to green light without a celebrity name fronting a subject with which they often have little connection. Alan, who felt the best shot of himself was the back of his head, abhorred this trend. He was apolitical; he sought to intrigue and stimulate but not to influence. He strived to uncover the unusual as well as entertain. Above all he was a writer and observer who wrote and filmed what he saw. At the Foundation we seek to use Alans legacy to further his vision and to help those with talent to take the first step up a ladder which is increasingly difficult to climb.

Jane Ray, Consultant Artistic Director for Whicker’s World Foundation said: “I am thrilled that the Radio Festival are partnering this new funding award for audio. I am a passionate believer in the enduring power of the well made, thoughtfully produced audio documentary. The other day we were contacted by someone looking for a series Alan Whicker had made 18 years ago. They knew the title and could describe the pictures vividly – then remembered theyd actually seen radio broadcasts. Those who inspire us to listen, I mean really listen, and take us deeper into understanding the notions and motivations that shape our human story need to be nurtured. If this award goes some way to helping talented independent audio producers realise their documentary dreams Alan Whickers legacy will be wonderfully well served.Roger Cutsforth, The Radio Academy Managing Director added: “The Radio Academy is proud to be partnering with Whickers World Foundation on this fantastic initiative to encourage and support new talent in audio documentary making. The Radio & Audio Funding Award [RAFA] is a wonderful legacy of the late, great Alan Whicker and his passion for the medium and will be a wonderful addition to the Radio Festival.

Francesca Panetta, last year’s runner up for ‘The Dhammazedi Bell’ and multimedia special projects editor at The Guardian said: “It’s wonderful to see this new funding award. There is so much talent out there but few avenues for funding creative audio. I’m looking forward to seeing or more appropriately hearing the results.”

 

Nina Garthwaite, founding director of In the Dark Radio, added: “While the Internet has opened up new platforms for independent audio production, it’s still not always easy for producers to find the funding to do the work they’re passionate about and you need money to have the time to really explore your ideas. So it’s great that the Whickers World Foundation Awards want to support radio makers with a strong independent voice and a desire to develop the medium. I’m excited to hear the results!”

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Will Jackson, managing Director of the Radio Independents Group commented: RIG greatly welcomes this new funding award, which gives the next generation of Britains audio documentary makers an invaluable opportunity to join the ranks of Britains highly successful indie production sector.

 

Alan Hall, previous Whicker’s world Foundation audio judge and CEP of Indie Falling Tree said: “It’s exciting to welcome a new funding award that encourages documentary production to go beyond worlds (literal or figurative) known already to us and, in so doing, to develop the unique qualities of a medium now entering a new golden age!

 

Whicker’s World Foundation’s pre-existing awards are also opening entries for submissions today.

 

The Audio Recognition Award

 

This is moving to The Radio Festival. This is for a documentary, 15 minutes or over, broadcast or published online in the previous year.  It was won this summer by Cathy Fitzgerald’s Little Volcanoes. The award is for £5,000 to the winner and £2,000 for the runner-up. The winners will be announced at next year’s Festival.

 

The Film and TV Funding Award

This is the primary focus of Whicker’s World Foundation. Each year £80,000 will be awarded to a new director with the most promising pitch for an authored documentary which fulfils the core criteria of the Foundation and can be completed for screening with this award. The money will be paid in instalments to the director’s film company, enabling a project which deserves to reach as wide an audience as possible. This year it was won by Alex Bescoby for Burma’s Lost Royals. The closing date for entries is 31st January 2017 and the shortlists will be announced in May 2016. The first winners will be announced by Whicker’s World Foundation at the Sheffield Doc/Fest Award Ceremony, which will take place on the final night of the 2017 festival, 13th June 2017.

The Whicker’s World Sage Award

‘Retirement’ was not a word in Alan’s vocabulary. He was 83 when he wrote and presented Whicker’s War, a much acclaimed account of his army experiences in Italy for Channel 4. He made his last series for BBC Two, Journey of a Lifetime, in his late eighties. The Sage award will recognise a TV or audio professional who has come to air with an authored story for the first time, a prize of £5,000 will be awarded annually to an applicant aged 50 plus. Submissions of no more than 10 minutes; this can be for presentation but must be their own work. A runner-up will receive £2,000. Keith Earnest Hoult won this award for for Fluechtlinge – Refugee. Keith, a fan of Alan Whicker’s ‘gentle approach’ to interviewing, was inspired to create a ten-minute film about Syrians seeking refuge in a disused airport used for the Berlin Airlift. When he witnessed his friend’s wife Caroline trying to help refugees against a growing backlash he ‘felt the urge to film it if only for her family to reflect on later in life’. Keith learnt his film-making skills at the SAE Institute after redundancy and divorce turned his life upside-down. Judges were impressed that he made this entirely self-funded film as ‘a simple tale of ordinary people helping other ordinary people at their time of most desperate need.’

 

For further details on the awards and entry forms please go to

www.whickersworldfoundation.com

 

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About Whicker’s World Foundation

On 7 June 2015 Whicker’s World Foundation, whose principle aim is to give a much needed fillip to authored documentary storytelling in the UK, launched three new documentary awards worth over £100,000 for the promotion of curiosity in programme making, generously funded by a legacy left by the celebrated broadcast journalist Alan Whicker. The launch took place in the Sheffield Winter Gardens led by Alex Graham, chair or Doc/Fest, Jane Ray, Artistic Director for the foundation and Kim Longinotto, multi award winning filmmaker. Entries for 2017 Awards opened on September 26th 2016 www.whickersworldfoundation.com

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ALAN WHICKER COLLECTION DONATED TO BFI NATIONAL ARCHIVE

ALAN WHICKER COLLECTION

DONATED TO BFI NATIONAL ARCHIVE

London – Thursday, 5th May 2016. The BFI National Archive is pleased to announce that it has received the archives of pioneering investigative TV journalist, Alan Whicker, donated by Valerie Kleeman, Whicker’s World Foundation. The collection contains meticulous records of one of the most enduring and influential careers in British television history, spanning the late 1950s into the 21st century.

 

This is an extensive and significant donation covering the entire career of a world-renowned broadcaster, and represents a unique insight into the production methods of a master documentarian. Alan Whicker’s name is a by-word for brilliantly crafted and revealing studies of people and places, whether exploring behind the scenes of the Miss World competition, interviewing Papa Doc in Haiti, or exposing the lifestyles of the hippies of San Francisco, with an enquiring mind and a sceptical tone. This unlikely figure, clad in Gucci tie and blazer, found his way into the nation’s hearts as he went where his audience was unlikely to follow.

 

The meticulously kept Alan Whicker archive spans the years 1938-2014. It includes a school report from 1938, documents relating to his war career and letters, photographs, extensive production files, audience reports, interview notes and questions (including Whicker’s hand-annotated question cards) and transcripts of every TV programme he made, along with some, as yet, unidentified films. The archive gives an insider’s view of some of the key events, social trends and personalities of the 20th century, while fully documenting the changing world of television reportage across more than five decades.

 

The material will be stored at the BFI National Archive’s paper store at Berkhamsted where it joins over 600 named collections from individuals such as producers Michael Balcon, David Puttnam and Betty Box, directors including David Lean, Joseph Losey, Michael Powell, Carol Reed, Mike Hodges, Muriel Box and Derek Jarman, writers such as Emeric Pressburger, Janet Green and Trevor Griffiths, and documentary filmmakers such as Humphrey Jennings, Derek Armstrong and Michael Orrom. Among the most recent additions to the collection are the archives of Ken Loach, Alan Parker, Jenny Beavan, Richard Lester, Karel Reisz, Jack Clayton and Halas & Batchelor. The Whicker papers will be able to be consulted by researchers and students of television history once cataloguing is fully completed.

 

Robin Baker, Head Curator, BFI National Archive said, “This is a major collection that gives us a unique insight into one of the great figures of 20th century television. Alan Whicker was a household name, famed for his daring and insightful investigations of people from all walks of life, from close to home and around the globe. His standards were meticulously high and his programmes set a benchmark for longform television documentary. The Alan Whicker collection is a very generous and important donation from Valerie Kleeman of the Whicker’s World Foundation, for which we are extremely grateful. We’re delighted that Whicker’s papers are now part of the national collection of film and television. “

 

Valerie Kleeman, Whicker’s partner in life and work for over 40 years and founder of the Whicker’s World Foundation said, “The Whicker’s World archive is now where it belongs – in the safekeeping of the BFI – where, I hope, its content will be of help and guidance to generations to come.

 

The 90 boxes, carefully curated by archivist Catherine Kirby, contain an intimate and personal take on the last half of the 20th century. Beginning with a letter informing him he has passed his School Certificate and continuing throughout his life in the Army Film and Photographic Unit, journalism and television, Alan Whicker observed both the light and the shadows of life.

 

Often he witnessed history in the making: war trials in Strasbourg, race riots in Alabama. He had access to the unaccessible: dictators, witch doctors, cults – and even the occasional royal. ‘Whicker’s World’ covered everything from bullfighting and the first gay weddings to the horrors of Papa Doc’s Haiti, always with intelligence, often with humour.

 

Whicker wrote and filmed what he saw, he had no preconceived ideas, no axe to grind. His motivation was to stimulate, to interest, to entertain…..and to allow viewers to come to their own conclusions.

 

The archive contains 60 years of carefully documented work: transcripts, notes, diaries and photographs, a lifetime of watching the world through thoughtful, quizzical eyes.”

 

 

Alan Whicker CBE (1921-2013) was a renowned journalist, broadcaster and television presenter. During the Second World War he joined the Army Film and Photo Unit, and by the 1950s he was working as a foreign correspondent for a Fleet Street agency, and then as a broadcaster for BBC Radio. In 1957 he was spotted by producer Alasdair Milne (later Director-General of the BBC) who gave him a regular ‘Whicker’s World’ slot on the ground breaking Tonight programme. This paved the way for the longer format Whicker’s World which began in 1965 and ran for 40 years on the BBC and ITV.

 

His reportage spanned the globe and covered a huge range of subjects which reflect all aspects of 20th century culture, politics and history. These include race relations, gay marriage, gun culture, bullfighting, haute couture and interviews with significant (and often controversial) figures of the 20th century, for example, Francois Duvalier (‘Papa Doc’), the notorious Haitian dictator, and oil billionaire John Paul Getty. At the height of his popularity Whicker’s programmes commanded audiences of 15 million people. Whicker’s work was also significant in terms of style and format, for example, he was an early pioneer of the ‘blue light’ programme, a format that is now well-established and perennially popular (shadowing police in their daily and nightly duties). Alan Whicker is a significant cultural figure and a household name for a whole generation. He won many awards during his career including the BAFTA Richard Dimbleby Award and the Screenwriters’ Guild Best Documentary Script (in 1963). His legacy lives on through the Whicker’s World Foundation which supports new documentary talent.

 

About the BFI

The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:

  • Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
  • Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
  • Championing emerging and world class film makers in the UK – investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
  • Promoting British film and talent to the world
  • Growing the next generation of film makers and audiences

 

The BFI is a Government arm’s-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film. The BFI serves a public role which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK. It delivers this role:

  • As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by Government
  • By providing Lottery and Government funds for film across the UK
  • By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK.

 

Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter.

 

The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Josh Berger.

 

About the BFI National Archive

The BFI National Archive was founded in 1935 and has grown to become the one of the largest and most important collections of film and television in the world with over 180,000 films and 750,000 television programmes. For over 80 years the BFI has been an international leader in film preservation and guardian of Britain’s unparalleled film and TV heritage. The BFI is an innovator in presenting films to audiences in new and dynamic ways, from cinemas to film festivals, outdoor events to online video-on-demand. At the heart of all its activities is the BFI’s central aim to ensure that everyone in the UK has access to the widest possible range of film and their own film heritage.

That heritage includes all time great British directors Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean and Powell and Pressburger; and the rich vein of documentary filmmaking, in which Britain led the world, including the lyrical work of Humphrey Jennings. The archive also boasts a significant collection of filmmakers’ papers as well as extensive stills, posters and production and costume designs along with original scripts, press books and related ephemera.

Expert teams undertake the time-consuming and complex task of restoring films at the BFI John Paul Getty Jr Conservation Centre in Hertfordshire. The BFI’s most precious film materials are kept in optimum conditions in the world-leading Master Film Store in Warwickshire.

 

Stills

A selection of stills for press use in connection with this story can be found at:

www.image.net/BFI/BFI National Archive/Whicker

 

 

Press contacts:

 

Brian Robinson, Communications Manager, Archive & Heritage, BFI

Email: brian.robinson@bfi.org.uk

Tel  +44 (0) 207 957 8940

Mobile: 07740 171968

 

Judy Wells, Head of Press and PR , BFI

Email: judy.wells

Tel +44 (0) 207 957 8919

Mobile: 07984 180501

 

 

For press enquiries about Whicker’s World Foundation please contact:

 

Siobhan Connor CONNOR PR +44 (0)7966 177025 siobhan@connorpr.com

 

 

 

 

 

Whicker’s World Foundation launches new documentary awards at Sheffield Doc Fest

Whicker’s World Foundation launches new documentary

awards at Sheffield Doc Fest

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  • Three awards worth a total of £100,000

  • Supporting authored storytelling in the UK

  • First winners to be announced at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016

 

Sunday 7th June at Sheffield Doc/Fest: the new Whicker’s World Foundation, whose principle aim is to give a much needed fillip to authored documentary storytelling in the UK, today launches three new documentary filmmaker awards worth a total of £100,000 for the promotion of curiosity in programme making, generously funded by a legacy left by the celebrated broadcast journalist Alan Whicker, who died in 2013. Details of the Whicker’s World Foundation and the awards will be announced by filmmaker Kim Longinotto at a special event at Doc/Fest, following the screening of Whicker’s World: Conflict in Kentucky.

 

Alan Whicker interviewing Cassius Clay

Says Mark Atkin, Acting Festival Director, Sheffield Doc/Fest: “I am very enthused that this foundation aims to encourage authored documentary at a time when TV is becoming increasingly formatted and when most foundations have requirements to promote social issues. This is exactly what the industry needs right now”.

 

The three awards – the Funding Award (worth £80,000 / £10,000 runner up) to a debut filmmaker under 30 years of age; the Recognition Award (worth £4,000 / £1,000 runner up) to the finest industry newcomer aged 50 years of age or over; and the Best Audio Documentary (worth £4,000 / £1,000) to be awarded at the In The Dark audio festival, also part of Doc/Fest – will be looking for a spirit of inquisitiveness that will leave the viewer wanting more, and tell something new and unexpected about the world.

 

Alan Whicker with Papa Doc

 

The panel of judges, chaired by Valerie Kleeman, photographer, programme consultant and Whicker’s partner for more than 40 years, will also be looking for projects that are playful with how the story is told, either breaking new ground, or taking a familiar path to come up with a new style.

 

The Alan Whicker Foundation consultant, top ranking international TV executive Jane Mote, says: “Whicker’s World opened my eyes to the most amazing stories, people and places. Alan’s unique style and sharp wit was inspirational and I am so excited to be part of creating a Foundation to nurture the future trailblazers for international documentary film-making”.

 

Jane Ray, the Consultant Artistic Director for the Foundation is a multi-award winning documentary maker and executive producer in radio and television with a journalistic background and nearly 28 years’ service at the BBC. Her awards range from the Sony Award for best news programme (2002) and the TRIC award for best children’s programme (1993) to China’s Golden Kapok award for best director (2014). She worked with Alan throughout the 90s on various projects for radio. She also wrote and directed Radio 4’s archive programme about Alan: Around the World in 80 Years, presented by Michael Palin.

 

The first award winners will be announced by the Whicker’s World Foundation at the Sheffield Doc/Fest Award Ceremony, which will take place on the final day of the 2016 festival.

 

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For further information for Sheffield Doc/Fest contact:

Sarah Harvey Publicity

+44 (0) 207 232 2812

+44 (0) 7958 597426

 

Sarah Harvey sarah@sarahharveypublicity.co.uk

Nikki Cummins nikki@sarahharveypublicity.co.uk

Joe Bond joe@sarahharveypublicity.co.uk

 

 

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https://twitter.com/whickersworld

 

About Doc/Fest:

Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s premier documentary and digital media festival. It is the place to see world and UK premieres of the best creative documentaries from the cinema, television and online arenas, and to hear from and meet filmmakers at Q&A sessions. Highlights of the film programme are honoured with an award programme including the Sheffield Grand Jury, Innovation, Environmental, Interactive, Youth Jury, Inspiration, Student Doc, Short Form and Audience Awards. In 2014, 3,263 full festival pass holders attended the Festival and it attracted over 26,700 members of the film-loving public.

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015 takes place from 5-10 June

 

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Film Producer Dean Woodford talks to the Mail online about living with a birthmark

Living with a birthmark 

“My birthmark gives me something so many crave after, uniqueness“.

Dean Woodford, Film Producer

This inspirational story ran on the Mail online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2869859/Bullies-called-freak-beetroot-boy-birthmark-Dean-31-stopped-hiding-skin-hated-realising-makes-unique.html

Dean Woodford

A former Wiltshire College student has recently finished filming on his big screen debut with the legendary film director Martin Scorsese. Dean Woodford, 31, is a producer on the film called Tomorrow, which explores the difficult reintegration into normal society of battle-worn soldiers. Dean was born with a birthmark and is passionate about encouraging others with birthmarks to pursue their dreams, he is a supporter of the Birthmark Support Group.

 

Dean said: “Throughout my teens and adult life, I have been called names, stared at and even stabbed with a pencil because of my birthmark. Well these days I am embracing it. My birthmark gives me something so many crave after, uniqueness. You can get all the tattoos, haircuts and clothing you like, but you will never look as unique as myself and others that have one”.
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Produced by London based production companies, Roaring Mouse Productions & Studio 82, Tomorrow marks Martin Scorsese’s first ever voyage into British feature film as he takes on an executive producer role. It also heralds the feature film directional debut of Martha Pinson, Scorsese’s long-­‐time script supervisor. Pinson has directed an award winning short film and off-­‐ Broadway plays as well as collaborating with Oliver Stone and Sidney Lumet. She has also worked on Scorsese’s four most-­‐recent narrative films: The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, and Hugo. The script is being penned by Stuart Brennan and Sebastian Street who are producing alongside Dean M. Woodford, while Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Scorsese come on as Executive Producers.

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Dean Woodford added: “I am now 31, working in the film industry as a producer, alongside the likes of Martin Scorsese, Stephen Fry and Joss Stone and have two more films coming up. It really doesn’t matter what you look like, just as long as you’re confident looking like you do, as believe me, self confidence shines a hell of a lot brighter than hair extensions and fake tan.”

 

Stephen Fry (The Hobbit), Stephanie Leonidas (Defiance), Sebastian Street (Age of Heroes), Stuart Brennan (Risen), Sophie Kennedy-­Clark (Nymphomaniac 1 & 2,) who has recently been nominated for a BAFTA for her role in Philomena. James Cosmo, (Braveheart, Games of Thrones), Paul Kaye (Blackball, Game of Thrones) Joss Stone (The Tudors) Ricki Hall and Will Tudor (Game of Thrones) round out the cast of Tomorrow.

 

Dean is currently working on a graphic Novel, due for release next year.

 

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Tomorrow, presented by Martin Scorsese Working with Spanish Production company Rodaje a la Carta

Landmark British feature film, Tomorrow presented by Martin Scorsese has teamed up with Spanish production company Rodaje a la Carta headed up by by Ismael Issa. The hotly anticipated film, which began production in London in September has moved location to a town called Cox, in Alicante, which is located at the foot of the Sierra de Callosa mountain range in Spain. Photography will focus on war scenes featuring Sebastian Street’s character.

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Produced by London based production companies, Roaring Mouse Productions & Studio 82, Tomorrow marks Martin Scorsese’s first ever voyage into British feature film as he takes on an executive producer role. It also heralds the feature film directional debut of Martha Pinson, Scorsese’s long-­‐time script supervisor. Pinson has directed an award winning short film and off-­‐ Broadway plays as well as collaborating with Oliver Stone and Sidney Lumet. She has also worked on Scorsese’s four most-­‐recent narrative films: The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, and Hugo. The script is being penned by Stuart Brennan and Sebastian Street who are producing alongside Dean M. Woodford, while Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Scorsese come on as Executive Producers.

 

 

Tomorrow is a moving and inspirational feature film, which candidly explores the difficulty and loneliness soldiers encounter as they try to reintegrate back into society having served for their country; moving on from losses and injuries to forge a life, find sustaining work and experience love. The film is a very personal journey for both writers and boldly explores several hard-­‐ hitting yet underexposed issues such as post‐traumatic stress disorder, as well as HIV and AIDS.

 

Stephen Fry (The Hobbit), Stephanie Leonidas (Defiance), Sebastian Street (Age of Heroes), Stuart Brennan (Risen), Sophie Kennedy-­Clark (Nymphomaniac 1 & 2,) who has recently been nominated for a BAFTA for her role in Philomena. James Cosmo, (Braveheart, Games of Thrones), Paul Kaye (Blackball, Game of Thrones) Joss Stone (The Tudors) Ricki Hall and Will Tudor (Game of Thrones) round out the cast of Tomorrow.

 

The first footage of Tomorrow is currently being screened at The American Film Market (AFM) by Carnaby Sales & Distribution. Capitalising on the strength of Scorsese enthusiasts around the globe, Carnaby’s focus will be on securing distribution in the key major territories whilst working alongside WME on domestic. Pre-sales interest has already been particularly strong, with buyers recognising the film’s appeal for both domestic and international audiences.

 

Carnaby holds worldwide rights for the film, excluding the USA, which is being handled by William Morris Endeavor (WME). Tomorrow is part of a three-picture deal, which was secured by Carnaby’s joint CEO, Sean O’Kelly, together with Roaring Mouse Productions’ Sebastian Street, Stuart Brennan, and Dean Woodford. Carnaby plan to premiere the film at Cannes Film Festival in 2015.
 

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James Cosmo Joins the Cast of Tomorrow, presented by Martin Scorsese

James Cosmo Joins the Cast

of Tomorrow, presented by Martin Scorsese

James Cosmo (Braveheart, Games of Thrones), Ricki Hall and Will Tudor (Game of Thrones) are the latest cast additions to landmark British feature film, Tomorrow, presented by Martin Scorsese.

 

Stephen Fry (The Hobbit), Stephanie Leonidas (Defiance), Sebastian Street (Age of Heroes), Stuart Brennan (Risen), Sophie Kennedy-­Clark (Nymphomaniac 1 & 2, Philomena) Paul Kaye (Blackball, Game of Thrones) and Joss Stone (The Tudors) round out the cast of Tomorrow.

 

Produced by London based production companies, Roaring Mouse Productions & Studio 82, Tomorrow marks Martin Scorsese’s first ever voyage into British feature film as he takes on an executive producer role. It also heralds the feature film directional debut of Martha Pinson, Scorsese’s long-­‐time script supervisor. Pinson has directed an award winning short film and off-­‐ Broadway plays as well as collaborating with Oliver Stone and Sidney Lumet. She has also worked on Scorsese’s four most-­‐recent narrative films: The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, and Hugo. The script is being penned by Stuart Brennan and Sebastian Street who are producing alongside Dean M. Woodford, while Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Scorsese come on as Executive Producers.

Martin Scorsese said: “I’m honoured to join Martha in her directorial debut. Through her vision, the great cast, and dedicated team, this story will resonate for years to come.”

 

With a BAFTA Award winning cast , Tomorrow has begun principal photography for six weeks across London locations to include Battersea, Borough and Shoreditch, as well as Tedworth House in Wiltshire, the Help for Heroes run Recovery Centre for Servicemen and women and Spain in October.

 

Tomorrow is a moving and inspirational feature film, which candidly explores the difficulty and loneliness soldiers encounter as they try to reintegrate back into society having served for their country; moving on from losses and injuries to forge a life, find sustaining work and experience love. The film is a very personal journey for both writers and boldly explores several hard-­‐ hitting yet underexposed issues such as post-­‐traumatic stress disorder, as well as HIV and AIDS.

 

The subject matter of the film is both topical and timely, with the end of the UK combat mission in Afghanistan due to take place by the end of the year when British troops will be withdrawn after 13 years of intense fighting, which has claimed 453 British lives and has left as many as 74,991 British men and women in need physical or psychological support in the future. The project is supporting the charity ‘Help for Heroes’ and in particular backing their recent campaign encouraging people to become ‘friends’ of the charity by regularly donating. This campaign will help to ensure that Help for Heroes can support Servicemen, women and Veterans with serious issues, such as those raised in the film, for years to come.

 

Help for Heroes Director of Recovery, David Richmond said: We are so pleased that ‘Tomorrow’ is tackling some of the very real issues that impact upon our Servicemen, women and Veterans. As we withdraw from Afghanistan, it is especially important that we don’t forget the long term effects that conflict can have on the people who put themselves on the line for our country – the physical and psychological scars are rarely easy or quick to heal.”

 

Martha Pinson said: “ Tomorrow is a great script. The dialogue is brilliant and believable; the reversals and surprises are well placed and powerful. The characters and situations are vividly drawn. It explores the difficulty of moving on from loses and injuries, to forge a life, to find sustaining work, and experience love. This is an acute challenge for a person in their mid-­‐late 20’s, which has not been extensively explored. For an injured veteran or someone who is HIV positive it is colossal.”

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ABOUT HELP FOR HEROES

Help for Heroes offers comprehensive support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses while serving our country. This support is provided through grants direct to our Heroes and their families, grants to other charities and through four Help for Heroes Recovery Centres across the UK. A study in September 2014 by Help for Heroes and the Royal College of Psychiatrists found that 75,000 men and women may need long term support following our involvement in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Anyone can become a Friend of Help for Heroes by visiting: www.helpforheroes.org.uk/donate. Or they can text HERO to 70111 to regularly donate £3 or text HERO to 70755 to regularly donate £5. Once someone has signed up they will receive an exclusive Friends pack, which includes a brand new wristband, a car sticker and a welcome letter from one of our amazing Band of Brothers.

For more information on Help for Heroes please contact Kate Hodgins at kate.hodgins@helpforheroes.org.uk or call 07807298613

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Connor PR working on Martin Scorsese’s film Tomorrow with Stephen Fry, Joss Stone

PRODUCTION COMMENCES ON BRITISH FEATURE FILM “TOMORROW”

Martin Scorsese and Sebastian Street

Martin Scorsese and Sebastian Street

Martin Scorsese’s voyage into British feature film gets underway

Cast to include: Stephen Fry, Stephanie Leonidas, Joss Stone, Paul Kaye, Sebastian Street, Stuart Brennan and Sophie Kennedy-Clarke

LONDON, 22 SEPTEMBER 2014: Landmark British feature film, Tomorrow, presented by Martin Scorsese, will commence production from today in London with confirmed cast to include: Stephen Fry (The Hobbit), Stephanie Leonidas (Defiance), Sebastian Street (Age of Heroes), Stuart Brennan (Risen), Sophie Kennedy-­‐Clark (Nymphomaniac 1 & 2, Philomena) Paul Kaye (Blackball, Game of Thrones) and Joss Stone (The Tudors).

Produced by London based production companies, Roaring Mouse Productions & Studio 82, Tomorrow marks Martin Scorsese’s first ever voyage into British feature film as he takes on an executive producer role. It also heralds the feature film directional debut of Martha Pinson, Scorsese’s long-­‐time script supervisor. Pinson has directed an award winning short film and off-­‐ Broadway plays as well as collaborating with Oliver Stone and Sidney Lumet. She has also worked on Scorsese’s four most-­‐recent narrative films: The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, and Hugo. The script is being penned by Stuart Brennan and Sebastian Street who are producing alongside Dean M. Woodford, while Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Scorsese come on as Executive Producers.

Martin Scorsese said:“I’m honoured to join Martha in her directorial debut. Through her vision, the great cast, and dedicated team, this story will resonate for years to come.”

With a BAFTA Award winning cast already confirmed, Tomorrow has begun principal photography for six weeks across London locations to include Battersea, Borough and Shoreditch, as well as Tedworth House in Wiltshire, home for recovering soldiers, and Spain in October.

Tomorrow is a moving and inspirational feature film, which candidly explores the difficulty and loneliness soldiers encounter as they try to reintegrate back into society having served for their country; moving on from losses and injuries to forge a life, find sustaining work and experience love. The film is a very personal journey for both writers and boldly explores several hard-­‐ hitting yet underexposed issues such as post-­‐traumatic stress disorder, as well as HIV and AIDS.

Martha Pinson said: ““Tomorrow” is a great script. The dialogue is brilliant and believable; the reversals and surprises are well placed and powerful. The characters and situations are vividly drawn. It explores the difficulty of moving on from loses and injuries, to forge a life, to find sustaining work, and experience love. This is an acute challenge for a person in their mid-­‐late 20’s, which has not been extensively explored. For an injured veteran or someone who is HIV positive it is colossal.”

The subject matter of the film is both topical and timely, with the end of the UK combat mission in Afghanistan due to take place in December 2014 when British troops will be withdrawn after 13 years of intense fighting, which has claimed 453 British lives alone. The project is working with charity ‘Help for Heroes’ to collaborate in building a national awareness campaign for the film and the serious issues it deals with.

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