MERSEYSIDE'S FILM WRITERS OF FUTURE
8 PROMISING film writers
from the Northwest have been selected to attend an intensive
scriptwriting workshop where they will develop and strengthen their
skills to help them become accomplished feature film writers.
Run by established feature film writer Simon Van Der Borgh and
organised by North West Vision (the film and TV agency for England’s
Northwest) the writers were selected through an intense ‘X Factor’
early 2004 over 80 applications were received for the New Film
Writer’s Development Scheme and thirty were selected to attend the
first round of training in Liverpool. 8 budding film writers
from the initial 30 have now been selected to go through to the
final stage where they will be given 4 intensive days of writing
workshops, tutorials and analysis. This will provide them with the
knowledge and confidence to develop their feature film proposals
into first stage drafts.
Commenting on this pioneering course,
Alice Morrison from North West Vision, said:- “There are many
training courses for scriptwriters, but this course has an extremely
rigorous selection and training process. We gave intensive training
to thirty writers who were all in various stages of their writing
careers. We hope our final eight will cease this opportunity and
come away with a strong first draft in which they can present to
agents who will help them carve out a successful careers as feature
Middleton Lodge in Yorkshire (near
Darlington) has been chosen as the final location for the 4-day
training this week, as it was deemed to be the perfect retreat to
inspire creativity. Simon Van Der Bourgh (writer on feature
Al-Ghazali: The Alchemist of Happiness) has developed the course for
North West Vision and will provide advice, guidance and mentoring
throughout the scheme.
Aspiring writers were initially invited
to apply for stage 1 of the scheme by submitting submit a sample of
their writing. The original 30 selected for the first round received
5 days of training in developing script structure and a attended a
series of inspirational sessions focussing on practical exercises to
generate characters and story outlines. 8 writers were then selected
to go on to the final stage.
This innovative scheme is being financed
by North West Vision though its lottery funding. North West Vision
hopes to run this course again in early 2007.
The final 8 writers are:
1. Christine Entwistle from Cartmell Fell, Cumbria. Works as
an actress in theatre, TV and Film as well as a writer.
2. Darren Doherty from Reddish,
Stockport. He has an MA in Screenwriting from the London
College of Communication.
3. Aubrey Reynolds, Garston, Liverpool.
Has his own production company and is currently making low budget
short films and writing treatments for feature films.
4. Amanda Murphy, Manchester. Has
written 3 novels (2 which have been published) and radio shows for
5. Ann Monks Litherland
Liverpool. Published over 100 stories and articles in UK
national women’s mags. Written for radio, TV, and theatre and short
listed for feature film competitions.
6. Punam Ranchurn from
Prestwich in Manchester. Graduated from an MA Screenwriting
course at John Moores University, currently writing a play for the
Liverpool Everyman theatre entitled Chocolate Pudding and Jesus
Charles written for Doctors, Eastenders and Murphy’s Law and in 2004
had his first single drama commissioned for Channel 4 and a
docudrama commissioned for ITV.
8. Andrew Oldham Mossley
Ashton Under Lyne.
MERSEYSIDE Police are now
appealing for information following a robbery in Hillside.
At 6pm on Wednesday 4 January 2006, two members of staff at a
hairdressers in Hillside Road were threatened by a man who entered
the shop and demanded the contents of the safe. The victims locked
themselves in a back room and the offender left with a small amount
of cash from the till.
The victims who are both local ladies aged 18 years and 21 years
were left shaken but unhurt by the incident.
The offender was described as wearing a 'Cloth Mask', was white, in
his late 30's to early 40's, 6'2" tall and of medium build. The
male, who spoke with a strong Liverpool accent, wore a black duffel
coat and dark gloves.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800
BBC gardening star
calls on Britain to 'grab a grant'
BBC GROUND Force presenter Kirsty King is calling for people across
the country to help themselves and the environment by signing up as
volunteers for Environment Agency Action Earth, and take advantage
of a £50 grant to help get their project started.
Projects registered so far include efforts to control an invasive
giant weed and the creation of habitats to help save rare
butterflies. Last year more than 15,000 volunteers took part in over
800 projects for Environment Agency Action Earth 2005. The campaign,
supported by the Environment Agency and run by the UK's largest
volunteering charity, CSV (Community Service Volunteers) was
launched last December by Kirsty and Environment Agency Chairman Sir
Kirsty says:- "It is important for everyone to fully
understand their relationship with the environment and consider
their impact on it. Volunteers that create an urban community
allotment to give children a chance to learn about healthy food or
start a rural conservation projects to protect endangered
butterflies, are showing how people can get involved in activities
that are not only good for themselves but for the environment too."
Environment Agency Action Earth is CSV's national environmental
campaign that supports people across England and Wales to become
volunteers and improve the environment they live and work in. It
runs until 30 June 2006. Over the six months, community groups
registering an environmental project will receive a £50 grant from
the Environment Agency to help buy tools for their project. There is
also an opportunity to win one of five award categories and receive
a further £300 cash prize to be invested in their project.
Sir John Harman said:- "Environment Agency Action Earth helps
communities to get involved in looking after their environment, and
it's a great opportunity for people to work together, have some fun
and make a difference."
During Action Earth 2005, more than 18,000 trees were planted, over
15,000 tonnes of cans and paper were recycled, around 9,000 bags of
litter were collected and 900 bird and bat boxes were built.
Examples of projects already registered for this year's campaign
* The clearance of Himalayan Balsam, an invasive weed that can grow
up to 2-metres high, by volunteers in Salford.
* A drive to protect the endangered Pearl Bordered Fritillary
butterfly by volunteers in Worcestershire who will create a suitable
environment by cutting back trees and undergrowth.
* The creation of a community allotment to allow disadvantaged
groups a chance to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
To register a project or get more information, call CSV Environment
on Tel: 0121 328 7455 or go to the website:-
To find out more about how you can Promise the earth for World
Environment Day and make a difference to your world visit:-
THE FASTEST EMERGENCY
SERVICE JOINS FORCES WITH SEFTON'S COUNTRYSIDE RANGERS
THE North West Air Ambulance (NWAA),
the only regional medical air emergency service which covers the
whole of the North West, recently joined forces with coast and
countryside rangers from Sefton Council's Coast and Countryside
Service, for a training day to familiarise rangers with the NWAA and
Landing on Ainsdale Beach near Southport, the NWAA helicopter and
paramedics were invited along by Coast and Countryside Officer
Gordon White to highlight to a team of rangers the benefits of using
the fastest emergency service.
Ainsdale Beach and Nature Reserve is overseen by Sefton's coast and
countryside rangers, whose responsibilities include managing and
maintaining the area and patrolling the entire 23 miles of Sefton
coastline. Listed as one of the top 10 beaches in the UK, and one of
the largest areas of wild duneland left in Britain, it is extremely
popular with people taking part in a range of outdoor activities
including parakarting and horse riding.
Gordon White, coast and countryside officer for Ainsdale Beach
comments:- "If an accident occurs on Ainsdale Beach or
elsewhere on the Sefton coastline, the location is often quite
isolated. We use 4x4 vehicles to cross the sands to reach incidents,
but the journey for casualties back across the uneven sands to a
land ambulance can be extremely uncomfortable and potentially worsen
We invited the North West Air Ambulance to visit, so as to get an
insight into the work and service it offers. It's an extra resource,
which is versatile enough to land in close vicinity to the scene of
an incident on the beach, and transport the patient to hospital
smoothly and quickly. Rangers will be sure to advise emergency
service operators in the future when the North West Air Ambulance is
required, as it's efficiency and smooth ride could minimise further
injury and discomfort to the patient."