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February 2019

Peaky Blinders Series Five

Peaky Blinders Series Five once again features Dudley

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The Black Country Living Museum in Dudley will once again feature in Peaky Blinders, Series five, which wrapped up on set last month. The Museum in the West Midlands has been featured in series one to four of the hugely popular series. And creator Steven Knight was the first person to watch the first two episodes of series five consecutively.

After viewing, Steven couldn’t help but emerge with a big grin on his face. “It’s going to be the best [series] yet,” he promised. “I’ve just seen the first two episodes together. The Director Anthony Byrne (Ripper Street / Silent Witness) has done a fantastic job. And Cillian is right at the top of his game. The series is moving from BBC Two to BBC One… I don’t know when it will be transmitted yet, other than this year. But the BBC want to make maximum impact with it.”

In Peaky Blinders, Series five, Cillian Murphy returns as the lead role of Thomas Shelby, who became an MP for Birmingham South at the end of series four.  The new series will also feature a Glasgow gang called The Billy Boys, led by Billy Fullerton. How would Shelby the MP have dealt with Brexit? “I think he would just pick the side he thought he could make the most money with,” laughed Steven. Steven has indicated in the past that Peaky Blinders will run to a seventh series. However, he can’t commit himself to any timescale. “The truth is the momentum and energy with Peaky Blinders around the world is such that we don’t really want to forecast a time when it will end,” he said.

Following our report last May, Steven confirmed that Ballet Rombert was still in talks to create a Peaky Blinders’ ballet – and he is not ruling out a film either.

Steven Knight will be at the Everyman Cinema in the Mailbox, Birmingham today, February 26. There he will attend a 7 pm screening and Q&A of his new film Serenity. Serenity will then go on general release in cinemas and on Sky Cinema from March 1.


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Inside Pictures

Inside Pictures Programme – Apply by 10 March

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Inside Pictures is a business training and leadership programme for the next generation of Europe’s film executives and producers.

About Inside Pictures

Inside Pictures comprises three intensive one-week modules and a tailored project and is now in its sixteenth year. The programme takes place in London and Los Angeles between June 2019 and January 2020. The scheme develops cutting edge industry business knowledge, management skills, profile and a cross-industry contact network needed for leaders from across the industry to thrive in the global business of film. Seminars, workshops, studio visits and networking events cover all aspects of the international film business. This is from development through production, financing, worldwide distribution, marketing and exhibition and the latest digital developments.

There are 20 places available for executives and producers with at least five years’ experience in film or an associated creative industry.

The programme is suited to those already working in feature films. It may also benefit you if you work in an associated creative industry, such as television if you have transferable skills and are committed to a career in film.

You might be running your own company or be encouraged to apply by your employer. To benefit most from this programme you will have proven business experience in film or a related creative industry. This may include, but is not limited to, the following fields: production, development, acquisitions, directing, marketing, distribution, exhibition, advertising, sales, legal, talent representation and finance. Click here to read testimonials from alumni across a range of these sectors, or find out more here about what the programme entails.

How to Apply

Before you apply, Inside Pictures recommends that you take the following steps:

  • Read through the Inside Pictures website: especially the page pertaining to fees, scholarships and bursaries, so that you are clear on the costs involved.
  • Make sure you can commit: Applicants need to be sure they can commit to the dates of the course prior to applying and will be asked to confirm their availability on the application form. Please note that full attendance is one of the terms and conditions of participation. The dates of the modules tend to remain the same from year to year, i.e: Interviews: mid-April, Module One: second week of June. Module Two: third week of September, Module Three: second week of November, Module Four: second week of the January following the start date.
  • Speak to alumni to find out what kind of course it is, what will be expected of you, and whether it’s the right thing for you at this stage in your career. Inside Pictures management can put you in touch with alumni if necessary.
  • Reach out to the Inside Pictures team. If you have any questions or wish to be put in touch with alumni please contact

Application Form

You can find the online application form here. You will have to login or register for a ScreenSkills account to complete the form. Please note: there is no built-in facility to save the application form. The page can be left open and will not time out, but if you close it you will lose your information. Therefore, Inside Pictures strongly recommends that you prepare your answers fully before filling out the online application.

The application form asks for information about you, including your availability for interview and the programme dates, why you want to apply, your references, scholarship application and an Equal Opportunities questionnaire. When applying you will need to upload the following:

  • a photograph
  • your CV (we do not take kindly to being sent biographies instead)
  • a signed and dated reference
  • Equal Opportunities monitoring form


If you are applying as a producer, you should insert a list of your credits into the template provided. This is to get a sense of the sorts of films you have made, their scale, budget, distribution and genre.

Competition is particularly tough for producers, as they are over-represented compared to other sectors. Inside Pictures asks that any producer applying have already completed one feature that has been through the international distribution cycle. At the application stage, all producers must provide a minimum of five credits, with key information about each film. If you wish to supply a more thorough filmography, you are welcome to upload one via the application form.


If you wish to apply for a scholarship to contribute to your fees, you should do so at the application stage via the appropriate section on the application form. Inside Pictures will not consider scholarship requests after the application.

Inside Pictures management will determine the first pass at an allocation of scholarships, and representatives may contact participants to ask whether they would be able to accept a place with a lower amount of scholarship than they originally asked for on their application. It is therefore crucial that you apply for a scholarship at the application form stage if you wish to be considered for one, so that Inside Pictures management can be clear about each applicant’s situation. Management will not consider application forms and scholarship requests received after the deadline.


Inside Pictures asks applicants to provide two references at the application stage: this is a written reference to include with your application and is to vouch for you in your professional capacity. It should be from someone in the industry with whom you have worked extensively during the last year. It should not be from someone in your company or someone who works with you on a daily basis. The reference should be on company letterhead paper and should be dated. It should bear the name, company, job title and signature of the referee.


The Inside Application process happens in three stages:

Stage 1: Application form

You should submit your application online, via the application form. Selection for interviews will take place after applications have closed. Inside Pictures will contact shortlisted applicants in mid-March.

Stage two: Interviews

Interviews Round One:

  • Conducted over Skype with our Programme Directors around mid-March
  • Those who have not made it through to round two will be advised shortly after

Interviews Round Two:

  • Conducted in London with a panel of interviewers, comprised of alumni and Programme Director Julia Short, in mid-April
  • Please make every effort to attend in person (although Inside Pictures cannot cover any travel costs)
  • If an applicant cannot attend in person, a Skype interview will be offered instead

Stage three: Selection

  • Successful applicants will receive an acceptance email in the third week of April
  • Inside Pictures will inform applicants at this stage as to what amount, if any, of scholarship it is prepared to offer
  • The new line up of participants will be made public before the Cannes Film Festival



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Filmed In Dudley

Tesco Worker Releases Horror Filmed In Dudley

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Tesco deli manager John Walker is celebrating the release of his horror movie which was filmed in Dudley. John has made over 200 appearances as an extra in some of Britain’s biggest shows. Now, he has made a new film called ‘Ouijageist’ which follows on from his 2015 debut ‘The Amytiville Playhouse’. The film tells the story of a single mother who is terrorised by evil spirits when she discovers a ouija board in her house. Horror star Lesley Scoble, who appeared in The Elephant Man and Village of the Damned stars in ‘Ouijageist’. The film was released on DVD in Japan and Germany. It is also available to buy or download in the UK via Amazon.

John, who is originally from Bath, now lives on Old Park Road in Dudley, and chose to fill his film with local talent. ‘Ouijageist’ was shot on location across Dudley. The Pet Pantry shop in Birdcage Walk in the town centre and All Saints Church in Sedgley take a leading role. The filmmaker, who works as a deli manager at the Tesco superstore at Castle Gate, says he looked close to home for inspiration.

John is no stranger to his work and film life colliding. He met his wife while playing her on-screen husband in an episode of BBC’s ‘Doctors’. He also has also appeared in Coronation Street, Eastenders, Doctor Who and Scott and Bailey, to name a few. The film is also a family affair, with his wife Neilum and four-year-old daughter India, making an appearance. The horror flick took four years to make and John began working on it when his daughter was newly born. John said: “I wrote a scene where a baby crawls up the stairs, so I was pushing the baby on to learn to crawl. She even has her own credit!”


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Scruffy Dog Group

Scruffy Dog Are Hiring!

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Scruffy Dog Group – Global Creative Services has opened applications for the position of Creative Workshop Manager. Please see their details below.

Job Title:

Creative Workshop Manager

Reports to:

Production Manager / Project Manager

Job Purpose:

Position is responsible for planning and controlling the manufacturing process within designated department(s) at Scruffy Dog Group. Responsible for culture setting, strategic planning, balancing capacity to demand, monitoring and scheduling of staff and work operations in the department in a safe, quality oriented, and efficient manner. Also responsible for employment decisions, reviews, back to work interviews, absence and performance monitoring and overall development of department associates. Strong emphasis on industry related production methods is essential.

Project specific duties:

Evaluate the manufacturing process and give direction as needed. Ensure processes follow Safe, Quality, Manufacturing Practices and Procedures.
Review product specifications and process. Inspect product to verify conformance to specifications.
Study production schedules with the Projects Teams and estimate employee hour requirements. Establish or adjust work procedures to meet production schedules.
Recommend measures to improve production methods, equipment performance, and quality of product.
Suggest changes in working conditions and use of equipment to increase efficiency of production department or operatives.
Evaluate needs and requirements for new products or processes.
Manage departmental support staff to achieve agreed objectives.
Maintain time and production records.
Initiate or suggest plans to motivate employees to achieve goals.
Interpret and enforce company policies, safety regulations and quality methods to supervisors and operatives.
Analyze and resolve work related issues/problems/complaints, and/or assist Operational Managers in solving work related issues/problems/complaints.
Confer with Production and Project Managers to coordinate activities of individual departments and communicate with both internal and external customers.

Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience Essential:

You must be flexible and versatile, able to work with imagination and ingenuity.
You need to be creative and have problem-solving skills, and must be open to new ideas, and to learn new skills and techniques.
The ability to work to external deadlines, under your own initiative, is essential, as is an eye for detail and accuracy.
Work as part of the larger department, and at times as part of a team, you must have good communication skills and enjoy interacting with others.
As you can work with hazardous equipment and materials, an in-depth understanding of the requirements of the relevant health and safety legislation and procedures is vital to the role.
You should have a wide knowledge of industry standard materials and techniques mould making, laminating, paint and scenic treatments, sculpting, carpentry, CNC, the ability to work with a variety of different machinery and tools.
Possible work abroad for short durations.
Good interpersonal and communication skills.
A helpful, positive and flexible approach.
Energetic and resilient.

Other desirable skills:

Driving licence
Computer literate
Experience with Solid Works software/production methods
Experience on CNC machinery
Theme park/ theatre/ film experience
Basic Animatronics/ engineering principles
PU applications

Note: This Job Description reflects the current situation at Scruffy Dog Group. It does not preclude change or development that might be required in the future.

To apply:

To express an interest or to apply, please contact by Friday, March 1st.

Find out more about Scruffy Dog Group here.

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Light House Cinema

Record Sales at West Midlands Indie Cinema

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Fantastic Figures at Light House Cinema

The Black Country’s only independent cinema, Light House Cinema, has announced record admissions for its January programme of films.

Figures showed an increase of over 100% on last January and the highest monthly admissions in the Wolverhampton cinema’s 28 year history. This is partly down to a strong set of films for the month. These range from Mary Poppins Returns through to Stan and Ollie (partly filmed in Birmingham and the Black Country). Such films exceeded all expectations with sell out screenings over a two week period. A return of Bohemian Rhapsody demonstrated the bio-pic’s continued appeal and BAFTA-winning and Oscar-tipped The Favourite, starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, encouraged more full houses. As a consequence, takings in the cinema’s cafe bar Lock Works were also at a record high.

Appeal to Save Light House Cinema

Light House cinema launched a ‘Save Light House’ campaign last summer following statements from the management team that closure could be imminent. With media coverage and public support, admissions and donations have increased. However, the charity venue’s position is still far from secure.

Cinema and Operations manager Jas Kapur reported to trustees in January. He said, “Audiences are choosing Light House not just because of the current films – but because of its welcome and community feel. They enjoy seeing an exhibition by local artists before a film and enjoy taking a glass of wine in with them. If we could keep monthly admissions like this, we could feel confident about our future here in the city.”

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Reclaim the Frame 2019 in Birmingham

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Reclaim the Frame 2019 launches in Birmingham

Reclaim The Frame 2019 kicks off with the drama “The Kindergarten Teacher” directed by Sara Colangelo. The film is released on 8 March and RTF will be at the Mockingbird Cinema on 12 March, 6.30pm for the Reclaim the Frame screening. As always there will be an ace panel discussion plus a post screening poetry workshop. More details will also be released as they are available.

The film – a favourite at  Sundance Film Festival 2018 and the 62nd BFI London Film Festival – stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as Lisa Spinelli. She’s a teacher and poet tired of her career, with an oblivious husband and teenage kids who largely ignore her. When she discovers that a five-year-old in her class may be a poetic prodigy, Lisa becomes fascinated and tries to protect him from neglectful parents. She soon finds herself risking her career and family to nurture his talent.

Reclaim the Frame 2019 opportunities

Also a new year brings new opportunities from Birds’ Eye View, the agency behind Reclaim the Frame! Birds’ Eye View (BEV) has always encouraged creating networks and opportunities for those they collaborate with. So, they have put out an open call for Super Influencers in 2019. BEV is looking for a passionate, dynamic, creative individual to support the next four Reclaim the Frame 2019 films and develop the Birds Eye View Influencer (BEVI) network in Birmingham.

Super Influencers are the go to people for BEV Influencers as well as being responsible for promoting screenings. They will be an advocate on social media and on a grassroots level, as well as attend the screenings. That way, BEV can find out what audiences thought about the films shown. This is a part-time, year long role. If you are interested in finding out more please register your interest here.

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Make a Move Funding to Boost Employee Skills – Deadline March 31

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ScreenSkills is offering to subsidise the cost of employing and training individuals into higher grades. This “Make a Move” funding is open for applications until March 31, 2019. After training, employees should be already in or able to apply for their job at the next grade up. Up to £15,000 is available for High-end TV productions to offer on-the-job training.

An example of potential ‘move ups’ could be a location assistant moving up to unit manager for instance. Or, a make-up artist to make-up supervisor, or production secretary to production coordinator. The scheme covers all departments on a production.

High-end TV Skills Fund-contributing productions can apply for up to £15,000 per production.

  • Individuals can only participate after being put forward by their employer
  • Employees on Make a Move are not trainees, but part of a scheme to encourage and promote professional development
  • Those put forward for the scheme need to be a professional who is deemed ready to move up to their next career grade
  • They can be a completely new person to the team and department. Or, they can be an individual that has already worked with the team on a previous production

How to apply

Please contact ScreenSkills’ senior High-End TV new entrant manager Nicky Ball on, Or, give her a call on 07432 591 375.


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Focus on Filmmaking – Factual and Documentaries

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At Focus on Filmmaking, you will hear from the region’s finest factual and documentary filmmakers. These include the team behind BBC4’s “A Very British History” series and Iain Cunningham, director of feature documentary “Irene’s Ghost”.

This is a Creative England event, held on Wednesday, 20 February, 12:00 – 17:00 GMT at BBC Birmingham, The Mailbox.

The session starts at 12 noon, with buffet lunch followed by speakers. At 4pm there will be networking and the opportunity to tour BBC Birmingham, to get behind the scenes of Midlands Today, BBC WM and The Archers studio (production schedule permitting). Priority will be given to those in the West Midlands area for this event.

Confirmed speakers for Focus on Filmmaking include:

Iain Cunningham

Iain Cunningham grew up in Nuneaton, in the Midlands of England. He runs production company Forward Features, making documentary, VR and short films. Usually self-shooting, his work is often personal and intimate. Iain has worked in drama and animation, but more frequently in factual television, developing documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 and working on observational films, including BAFTA winning series “School of Hard Knocks”. “Irene’s Ghost” is Iain’s first feature documentary, and follows his search for information about his mother.

Sue Brown

Sue is the presenter of upcoming documentary for BBC Four “A Very British History”. It looks primarily at the black community in Birmingham in the mid 60s. It uses archive footage such as The Colony as a point of reference. Between 2010 and 2018 she worked as a Family Social Worker at Lillian de Lissa Children’s Centre, Birmingham. During her time with families she used a range of approaches and resources to improve emotional well-being, social skills and opportunities for children to enjoy and achieve. Over the years, Sue has worked with various creative projects and cross art forms, which has included collaboration with musicians, theatre and radio as well as educational work mainly within primary schools.

Paul Ashton

Paul is Head of Film at Creative England where he leads all film activity. This includes executive producing features, the iFeatures programme and the West Midlands Production Fund. He will share information on Creative England’s investment programmes and the West Midlands Production Fund.

Ed Barlow

Ed is a Producer/Director at Factual Unit BBC Birmingham, Ed Barlow hasspent the last year making two documentaries for a new BBC FOUR series A Very British History based at BBC Birmingham. His credits include A Floating History of Britain, Embarrassing Bodies, The Gadget Show, Coast, Countryfile, The ONE Show and The Best Bottoms in the Land, a collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

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EE BAFTA Nominees 2019

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BAFTA has announced the nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2019. Below are the nominees in all categories.



  • BLACKkKLANSMAN Jason Blum, Spike Lee, Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele
  • THE FAVOURITE Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee Magiday
  • GREEN BOOK Jim Burke, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Charles B. Wessler
  • ROMA Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodríguez
  • A STAR IS BORN Bradley Cooper, Bill Gerber, Lynette Howell Taylor



  • BEAST Michael Pearce, Kristian Brodie, Lauren Dark, Ivana MacKinnon
  • BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Graham King, Anthony McCarten
  • THE FAVOURITE Yorgos Lanthimos, Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
  • McQUEEN Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui, Andee Ryder, Nick Taussig
  • STAN & OLLIE Jon S. Baird, Faye Ward, Jeff Pope
  • YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE Lynne Ramsay, Rosa Attab, Pascal Caucheteux, James Wilson



  • APOSTASY Daniel Kokotajlo (Writer/Director)
  • BEAST Michael Pearce (Writer/Director), Lauren Dark (Producer)
  • A CAMBODIAN SPRING Chris Kelly (Writer/Director/Producer)
  • PILI Leanne Welham (Writer/Director), Sophie Harman (Producer)
  • RAY & LIZ Richard Billingham (Writer/Director), Jacqui Davies (Producer)



  • CAPERNAUM Nadine Labaki, Khaled Mouzanar
  • COLD WAR Paweł Pawlikowski, Tanya Seghatchian, Ewa Puszczyńska
  • DOGMAN Matteo Garrone
  • ROMA Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodríguez
  • SHOPLIFTERS Hirokazu Kore-eda, Kaoru Matsuzaki



  • FREE SOLO Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Shannon Dill, Evan Hayes
  • McQUEEN Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui
  • RBG Julie Cohen, Betsy West
  • THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD Peter Jackson, Clare Olssen
  • THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS Tim Wardle, Grace Hughes-Hallett, Becky Read



  • INCREDIBLES 2 Brad Bird, John Walker
  • ISLE OF DOGS Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson
  • SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord



  • COLD WAR Paweł Pawlikowski
  • THE FAVOURITE Yorgos Lanthimos
  • ROMA Alfonso Cuarón
  • A STAR IS BORN Bradley Cooper



  • COLD WAR Janusz Głowacki, Paweł Pawlikowski
  • THE FAVOURITE Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
  • GREEN BOOK Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga
  • ROMA Alfonso Cuarón
  • VICE Adam McKay



  • BLACKkKLANSMAN Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Willmott
  • CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty
  • FIRST MAN Josh Singer
  • A STAR IS BORN Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters, Eric Roth



  • GLENN CLOSE The Wife
  • LADY GAGA A Star Is Born
  • MELISSA McCARTHY Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • OLIVIA COLMAN The Favourite
  • VIOLA DAVIS Widows



  • RAMI MALEK Bohemian Rhapsody
  • STEVE COOGAN Stan & Ollie



  • AMY ADAMS Vice
  • CLAIRE FOY First Man
  • EMMA STONE The Favourite
  • MARGOT ROBBIE Mary Queen of Scots
  • RACHEL WEISZ The Favourite



  • ADAM DRIVER BlacKkKlansman
  • RICHARD E. GRANT Can You Ever Forgive Me?



  • BLACKkKLANSMAN Terence Blanchard
  • ISLE OF DOGS Alexandre Desplat
  • A STAR IS BORN Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Lukas Nelson



  • BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Newton Thomas Sigel
  • COLD WAR Łukasz Żal
  • THE FAVOURITE Robbie Ryan
  • FIRST MAN Linus Sandgren
  • ROMA Alfonso Cuarón



  • THE FAVOURITE Yorgos Mavropsaridis
  • FIRST MAN Tom Cross
  • ROMA Alfonso Cuarón, Adam Gough
  • VICE Hank Corwin



  • THE FAVOURITE Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
  • FIRST MAN Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas
  • MARY POPPINS RETURNS John Myhre, Gordon Sim
  • ROMA Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enríquez



  • THE FAVOURITE Sandy Powell
  • MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS Alexandra Byrne


  • BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Mark Coulier, Jan Sewell
  • THE FAVOURITE Nadia Stacey
  • MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS Jenny Shircore
  • STAN & OLLIE Mark Coulier, Jeremy Woodhead, Josh Weston
  • VICE Kate Biscoe, Greg Cannom, Patricia DeHaney, Chris Gallaher


  • BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY John Casali, Tim Cavagin, Nina Hartstone, Paul Massey, John Warhurst
  • FIRST MAN Mary H. Ellis, Mildred Iatrou Morgan, Ai-Ling Lee, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor
  • MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT Gilbert Lake, James H. Mather, Chris Munro, Mike Prestwood Smith
  • A QUIET PLACE Erik Aadahl, Michael Barosky, Brandon Proctor, Ethan Van der Ryn
  • A STAR IS BORN Steve Morrow, Alan Robert Murray, Jason Ruder, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic


  • AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Kelly Port, Dan Sudick
  • BLACK PANTHER Geoffrey Baumann, Jesse James Chisholm, Craig Hammack, Dan Sudick
  • FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD Tim Burke, Andy Kind, Christian Manz, David Watkins
  • FIRST MAN Ian Hunter, Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, J.D. Schwalm
  • READY PLAYER ONE Matthew E. Butler, Grady Cofer, Roger Guyett, David Shirk


  • I’M OK Elizabeth Hobbs, Abigail Addison, Jelena Popović
  • MARFA Greg McLeod, Myles McLeod
  • ROUGHHOUSE Jonathan Hodgson, Richard Van Den Boom


  • 73 COWS Alex Lockwood
  • BACHELOR, 38 Angela Clarke
  • THE BLUE DOOR Ben Clark, Megan Pugh, Paul Taylor
  • THE FIELD Sandhya Suri, Thomas Bidegain, Balthazar de Ganay
  • WALE Barnaby Blackburn, Sophie Alexander, Catherine Slater, Edward Speleers



Source: BAFTA


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Birmingham’s Lickey Hills Feature on the Big Screen

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Birmingham’s Lickey Hills will feature in the inspiring film about a Black Country hero. Dave Heeley immortalised himself as the first blind man to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. Now his incredible true story has been told on the big screen.

Producer Martin Nigel Davy has turned the story of Blind Dave into a feature length film, 7 Days, which was premiered at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on February 1. The 45-minute flick was shot on location in Birmingham’s Lickey Hills area, tells the inspirational tale of how West Bromwich Albion fan Dave battled to overcome his disability to take on one of the toughest challenges on the planet.

Directed by Ian and Dominic Higgins of Pixel Revolution Films, the film sees theatre actor Jack Lane taking on the role of Dave. Casualty and Doctors actress Sarah Manners plays Dave’s wife Debbie. Harry Potter stars James and Oliver Phelps (who played Fred and George Weasley in the blockbuster movie franchise) also appear in the film. Also appearing is TV newscaster Suzanne Virdee and Stourbridge actress Amanda Edwards.

Director Ian Higgins said: “Dave’s story is so inspiring – it was an absolute honour to bring it to the screen. The word celebrity today is one that is bandied around too freely, but with Dave we have a life that is truly worth celebrating. That’s exactly what we intended to do with the film.”

Co-director Dominic added: “There’s a moment in the film when Dave says ‘blindness has taught me another way to see the world’. That sums up the story we wanted to tell. Dave’s blindness has taken away his ability to look out into the world, but he’s gained the ability to look inwards, to find that toughness, that iron will that’s there deep down inside him somewhere. That’s what’s so inspiring about Dave’s story and it’s a message we hope will resonate with all audiences.”

Producer Nigel added: “It wasn’t because of what Dave’s done – it’s because of who he is; that’s why we made the film. We were a bit overwhelmed with the reaction. We can’t wait to put it out on public release which hopefully will be in the first week of May.”



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