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Edition No. 195

Date:- 10 April 2005

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THE year is 2005.... The scene is regeneration. The location is Liverpool!!!!

A little piece of Hollywood is set to land in Liverpool as film producers from all over the city are invited to submit their best work.

The Liverpool Culture Company have joined forces with the Biennial, the UK's only international festival of contemporary visual art, to produce the second 'Made In Liverpool' project. Representatives from many of the major film production companies have begun to meet to help plan the showcase. 3 films will be commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company to premiere at Liverpool's next Biennial festival in 2006. Until then, people of all ages are being invited to get involved by entering their own cinematic submissions. 

The project follows on from massive success in 2004, when projects were praised by Prime Minister's wife Cherie Blair and arts minister Estelle Morris. 

Executive member for culture Warren Bradley said:- "We know from last year that we have a winning formula, working together with the Biennial team who organise a festival that is increasingly popular. This is a great chance for people of all abilities and backgrounds to explore issues that may have been ignored in the past, in a fresh and exciting way through the medium of film."

Creative neighbourhoods manager Alicia Smith from the Liverpool Culture Company is overseeing the project. Alicia said:- "Around 30 key movers and shakers in the movie industry have already begun to share ideas and discuss how to make the most out of this project."

She added:- "This is a unique way of giving producers of all ages the opportunity to make their mark in movies. In such a creative and dynamic city, we expect great things from filmmakers." 

In 2004, one of the most praised pieces of work was Hear I Am, by 20 pupils from Campion High School. Filming the project within school helped cut truancy rates by 10% and convinced the school to introduce their first ever A-Level course - appropriately enough in drama. 

Supermarket helps local disabled resident

A disabled man from Rock Ferry will be thanking Kwik Save on Wednesday after the supermarket chain raised enough money to buy him a special needs work chair. Terry Walker, 43, has Becker muscular dystrophy, a muscle weakening condition, and needed an electrically operated work chair to enable him to reach previously inaccessible parts of his home and improve his posture. 

So, The Somerfield Group, having named the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign as their Charity of the Year, bought the work chair for Mr. Walker from money raised through fundraising in Kwik Save and Somerfield stores nation-wide, through the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign's welfare fund - the Joseph Patrick Trust. 

Nick Stewart, Manager of the New Ferry Kwik Save store said:- "It is great that Kwik Save has been able to help a local resident through their partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. We hope the new chair will help Mr. Walker to be more comfortable in his own home." 

Mr. Walker will be thanking Kwik Save for all their support on Wednesday 6 April at 1pm when Nick Stewart will be visiting his home. Mr. Walker said:- "I want to say thank you as this will be a real help to me. I will be able to be more independent in my own home now."

Strange Roads to Hollywood... Liverpool media company in American film deal

NEW Liverpool production company Strange Roads is currently in negotiations with Hollywood-based film production company Pandemonium to produce a film version of their current stage show "Liberations or How the Grinch Stole My Virginity"

The show, a sexy new comedy about a stripper who sees a psychotherapist about her dependency on men, is not due to be performed in the UK until its opening at Liverpool's Unity Theatre on April 15. However, it has already caught the attention of producers in Tinseltown thanks to film clips produced by Strange Roads' very own film-maker Alan Eddy.

Alan, an American national who has lived in Liverpool for 17 years, mentioned the show to Hollywood cameraman and Pandemonium executive Daryl Didier, when Daryl came over to Liverpool to work as director of photography on Strange Roads' current short film, Evermore. Having read the script and seen rehearsal clips, Daryl and his colleagues were impressed by the way in which Liberations uses comedy to tackle sensitive issues of female sexuality and racial and gender prejudice. 

The script, originally written by young American playwright Lori M. Neal, has undergone considerable expansion since Strange Roads began working on it, thanks to intense devising work carried out by the actresses in liaison with the writer. The company is very proud of what has been achieved and is very excited about this latest American collaboration.

The play's director Ged Quayle said:- "The actresses have worked long and hard to bring truth and depth to the issues raised by their characters, while still keeping the whole thing funny, which was the playwright's intent. There have been some really touching moments in the rehearsal process."

Daryl Didier said:- "I've always worked in film and television, but when Alan told me about this theatre production I was excited and intrigued. I've been told about Liverpool being awarded the title of European Capital of Culture in 2008 and I think that's great. But it would also be beneficial for the City's talent to be making its impact felt Stateside, so I'm really looking forward to working with Strange Roads on this." 

The show plays Liverpool's Unity Theatre on April 15 and 16 and The Pyramid, Warrington on April 30.

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