An application has been put in by producer Jérémie Chevret to the CNC for further development funds.
I've embarked on the onerous but necessary task of converting the original hard copy scripts into Final Draft so that I can revise and tighten them. Continuing to keep open both possibilities: a feature or a mini-series. Given options are time-limited, I'm focusing on this for a while as my priority.
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It's been a difficult decision but I'm standing down from the role of Managing Editor. I've been involved from the inception over ten years ago and been editor since 2007. I hope I'm leaving it in the best shape I can, but time to pass the project on to someone new – Marek Kazmierski – who can bring renewed energy and ideas and hopefully take it forward successfully into a second decade!
After holidaying in Brittany, I travelled further south in France, to do some research on a new project. Good trip, working alongside the director, Benoît Razy.
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Coincidentally, director Charles Garrad was also in France location scouting for this project. The script we have co-written is set mainly there (in 2003, on the eve of the invasion of Iraq).
Attended the Galway Film Market, mainly to pitch the feature, aided by a promo shot with the help of Sligeach Films in Sligo who assembled a wonderful bunch of people ready to help as cast and crew – including Peter Marinker who came over from England to reprise the role he played in the short.
I've secured an option to try to revive this project that I worked on in the late 1980's. I was also able to pitch this at Galway.
Fastnet Short Film Festival in Ireland May 24-27
There’s an event during CATFORD BLOCKBUSTER (www.platform-7.com) when Julian Jacobson and I will be in conversation about the music he has written for my films and the ongoing collaboration in my most recent project – LIFETIME (the feature.)
7.45 Thursday 12th April
THE OLD BLOCKBUSTERS VIDEO STORE
95 Rushey Green, Catford , SE6 4AF
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A trip to Sligo in the autumn helped a lot with the feature script. With huge help from Mike and Niall (www.sligeachfilms.ie) we found some great locations. I love to write with real places in my mind. There’s now a developed screenplay ready to send out.
Meanwhile, the short film is an Official Selection in the Byron Bay film festival, Australia, in March (www.bbff.com.au). News awaited from a few other festivals. It has served its purpose anyway, wonderfully, to help me towards the feature.
remembered! Just sent out a DVD to someone who tracked me down via the internet. He has memories of this film, shot entirely on location in a part of Plymouth that barely exists now, he tells me. As I said, I like to write with places in mind where I can – the script for Remembrance involved a lot of mooching around that city. Gary Oldman’s first film, I think – good to see him getting the recognition he deserves for Tinker Tailor...
My annual talk for MA creative writing students will be on Feb 21 at 6pm, courtesy of the Writing School, Manchester Metropolitan University.
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The Autumn issue featured some of the writing and art that received awards from the Koestler Trust. The new issue, Spring 2012, celebrates the Writers In Prison Network and has just gone out to prisons and secure hospitals throughout the country this month. Buy your sub from the Not Shut Up website!