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Will Jewell

Award-winning screenwriter and director, Will has a large range of experience in creating unique and acclaimed work. His breadth encompasses feature thrillers, a music documentary, children’s web series, short films and serial dramas. 

Will’s short film MAN IN FEAR was BAFTA longlisted, his scripted web drama BOW STREET RUNNER (Channel 4) won a Children’s BAFTA and he was selected for the BFI’s Think Shoot Distribute scheme. Will’s most recent feature CONCRETE PLANS starred Kevin Guthrie, Steve Speirs, Amber Rose Revah and Goran Bogdan and was released in the US in March and in the UK in November 2020. 

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DI BOTCHER

Catch Di on a ‘Pointless’ celebrity special at 730pm this Saturday and see how she and George Rainsford do. Then at 820pm she’s breaking all the rules on ‘Casualty’.

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Stuart Cheetham

An accomplished drama producer with a proven track record within high profile drama, Stuart spent the first 15 years of his career in continuing drama working his way up from Researcher to Series Producer across many of the nation’s most popular serials.

Since 2020, Stuart has made the move into high-end drama series, Story Producing two series of the BBC’s longest running crime show, SILENT WITNESS as well as originating and developing new ideas for various indies and bringing them to the screen. Notably, Stuart was the Story Producer on Channel 5’s adaptation of T.M. Logan’s THE CATCH for Channel 5 in early 2023 and is currently in various stages of production on two original drama series, also for Channel 5.

Working across this eclectic range of projects, Stuart has formed strong relationships with a broad range of writing talent from established writers such as Ed Whitmore, Michael Crompton and Kayleigh Llewellyn to newer emerging talent such as Rebecca Wojciechowski and Jon Harbottle.

During his tenure as Story Producer on CASUALTY, the show won ‘Best Drama’ awards at the National Television Awards 2017 and BAFTA 2018. His first original feature-length romantic comedy, PRICE OF LOVE won Best Film at the 2017 Cambodian National Film Festival and his second Khmer movie, DANCE TIL YOU DROP opened to critical acclaim in August 2023.

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KELLY CLARE

Kelly has just shot a guest role in ‘Close to Me’ a new drama starring Connie Nielson based on the novel by Amanda Reynolds, described as a brooding, inventive, darkly funny psychological drama it has been produced by Viaplay and C4.

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Adipat Virdi

Adipat is a transmedia storyteller, specialising both in story world-building for real-world social change and in dynamic audience engagement strategy. Adipat is an award-winning writer / director. His immersive project, KILLING HONOUR was a finalist at the Sundance New Frontier Story Lab. He has directed for TV, Theatre, Film and Virtual Reality (VR).

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Michael E. Ward

Michael Ward was born and raised in India. A veteran of business and the arts in the West, he brings what is good about the UK film industry – good IP management, rigorous script development and third-party financial accountability – to India; and brings what is good about the Indian film industry – fantastic storylines, technical production skills and film-mad audiences – to the attention of external producers and financiers.

Married to film director Pia Sukanya, Michael intends to keep building a bridge between Indian talent and the wider world. In India, his focus is on low budget high concept films, the first being BOMBAIRIYA, a comic thriller aimed at ‘multiplex’ audiences who are hungry for differentiated content. However, holding film and TV rights to M. M. Kaye’s epic novel THE FAR PAVILIONS means Michael is keen to associate with international producers who can help turn it into an international television series.

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Louise Geraghty

A trained improviser with a Film Degree from IADT, Louise is an award-winning screenwriter whose unique voice spans the genres of Comedy, Comedy-Drama and Action/Suspense Thrillers.

Past TV credits include the Irish-Australian FOREIGN EXCHANGE and the BAFTA Winning CUSTER’S LAST STAND UP. 

Of her feature scripts SHELL GAME was a finalist in the 2019 Breaking Walls Thriller Screenplay Contest; BUT THEN THERE WERE TWO was an Official Selection of the 2021 Thriller/Suspense Film & Writing Festival; and A CHRISTMAS WEDDING won the 2020 WriteMovies Romance & Comedy Award. 

Louise’s supernatural Comedy-Drama TV series THE DAUGHTERHOOD is in development with a production company in Ireland.

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SAM RIX

Catch Sam as Jim very soon at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre –

‘Self- proclaimed Theatrical Titan, Jim Clapp is bringing his latest and greatest production, ‘Magnum Opus’ to the Lion and Unicorn Theatre. It’s opening night and someone from Radio 4 is in. However, the actors have dropped out last minute and his extravagant set is burning on the M4. Jim has put the last of his money into this show and with his old contacts ignoring his calls, or dead, this is his last chance. The show must go on. With the help of you, the audience.`

Join Jim on-stage for this absurd, action-packed, theatrical adventure that puts you at the heart of the production.

His previous one-man epic detailing Gandhi’s love life, entitled ‘Mahatma and Me’ received a total of 15 stars from 7 publications.’

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TOM SULLIVAN

Delighted to attend Tom Sullivan’s private screening of ‘Arracht’ last night at The Lighthouse Cinema! – In cinemas April 3rd.

Tom with Lead Actor Dónall Ó Héalai and the Irish President Michael D. Higgins.

 

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KATE RUTTER

Delighted to announce Kate is among the cast of ‘Coriolanus’ playing at the Sheffield Crucible this March

https://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/events/coriolanus

 

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DANIEL COONAN

Daniel has been cast in ‘The Power’ the new ten-part drama for Amazon based on Naomi Alderman’s Bailey’s prize winning novel.

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Gavin Burke

Gavin is a Dublin-based screenwriter and lecturer. He has a degree in Film & Television from ATU Galway and a MA in Screenwriting from The National Film School (IADT). Gavin’s last four screenplays have received development funding from Screen Ireland and all are in development with Irish production companies. Among them is PATASHNIK, a sci-fi directed by Bruno Samper and Kristina Buoztye (Vesper) and produced by Samson Films, THIS YEAR’S MODEL and THIS IS GOING TO SOUND WEIRD (both developed by Tiger Darling). In October 2023 Gavin attended the eQuinoxe Screenwriter’s Workshop. Gavin has been shortlisted for the Untitled Screenwriting Award.

Gavin also lectures modules on Irish Film and the History of Screenwriting at IADT and has lectured at other institutions (ATU Sligo, University of Plymouth). He has been a script reader and script editor for Screen Ireland since 2016. He has also provided coverage on a regular basis for various Irish production companies like Port Pictures, Samson Films, Janey Pictures and more. Currently, Gavin is a script editor for Igloo Animations and is providing maternity cover for Wild Atlantic Pictures in a development executive capacity.

A former film critic, he contributed reviews to RTE, Entertainment.ie, Film Ireland, The Irish Examiner and The Irish Independent from 2005-2018. He was a producer and presenter of film show Cinerama on Phantom 105.2, and has chaired discussions on film at the Irish Film Institute, Digital Biscuit and Dublin International Film Festival.

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Maria Ward

Maria Ward is an experienced scriptwriter writing successful shows for All3Media, Acorn TV and ITV. Maria also has vast experience as a script doctor and is currently developing scripts for MA graduates of Glasgow Caledonian University.

Credits include: VAN DER VALK I, II and III – Company Pictures; CANNES CONFIDENTIAL – Dramacorp; AGATHA RAISIN IV and V – Company Pictures/Free@last; MIDSOMER MURDERS – Bentley/ ITV.

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Patrick Wilde

Patrick Wilde is an experienced writer who has worked on feature films, TV, as well as short film and stage plays.

FEATURE FILM: THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU’RE THIRTY (Samuelson Films); GET REAL (Distant Horizon/Paramount/Graphite).

TV: HOLBY CITY (BBC); CASUALTY (BBC); THE BILL (Thames Television); PEAK PRACTICE (ITV); AS IF (Carnival Film); MONARCH OF THE GLEN (BBC); SUNBURN (BBC); EASTENDERS (BBC); CITY CENTRAL (BBC); FAMILY AFFAIRS (FreemantleMedia); THIS LIFE (BBC).

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ALISON DOWLING

We’re delighted for all at ‘The Archers’ and especially Alison for winning Best Soap or Continuing Drama Award at the Mind Media Awards for the much praised storyline dealing with Elizabeth’s mental health struggles.

 

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DI BOTCHER

Di is among the all star cast of feature film ‘Dream Horse’ scheduleded for release next year and directed by Euros Lyn.

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KATE RUTTER

Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks for Kate in the much anticipated BBC adaptation of ‘His Dark Materials’.

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Siobhán McMahon

Siobhán is  a  Director as well as guest Lecturer in Writing and Directing in LIT, Department of Animation and Motion Design.

2018: TAKING STOCK – Short film winner at Carlow International and Newport Beach Film Festival; 2015: THE SECRET DIARY OF FRANCIS NOONE – shortlisted for Best Director for the Galway Film Centre/RTE Short Film Award; 2013: A PLACE AT MY TABLE – shortlisted for Best Director for the Galway Film Centre/RTE Short Film Award, 2011: THE CONSOLATION OF ORION – short film which won the Filmbase/RTE Short Film Award Scheme.

 

 

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Janna Kemperman

Janna Kemperman is an award winning filmmaker with 10 years experience working in Film & TV in Ireland, UK & Germany. She has 4 short films under her belt. Her latest Screen Ireland supported short film, SHADOW, premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh. It won the Special Mention Award at the Dublin Film Festival 2023 and Best Cinematography at FastNet Film Festival in 2023. It has gone on to screen nationally and internationally winning multiple awards.

Janna has a unique and multidisciplinary vision through having worked in film, photography, theatre and dance. This has allowed her to easily move through genres and styles. Using these techniques she works in Short Films, Music Videos, and promotional films for Ireland’s biggest music festivals Body & Soul and Electric Picnic. She is currently a multi-camera director on RTÉ’s longest-running TV series FAIR CITY and BBC’s EASTENDERS.

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Lynn Picknett & Clive Prince

Lynn and Clive are experts on secret societies; the real Da Vinci; the sacred feminine; the occult in art; heresies; dark Church history; hidden WW2; ancient mysteries; the origins of science; ‘Fortean’ weirdness; spies and intelligence agencies; psychological warfare – and other related topics. For three decades their books have concerned a huge range of historical and religious mysteries, uncovering real-life conspiracies while staying refreshingly down-to-earth and non-credulous. Their books and specialities include: TURIN SHROUD: HOW LEONARDO DA VINCI FOOLED HISTORY, THE TEMPLAR REVELATION, THE STARGATE CONSPIRACY, DOUBLE STANDARDS: THE RUDOLF HESS COVER-UP, WAR OF THE WINDSORS: A CENTURY OF UNCONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY, FRIENDLY FIRE: THE SECRET WAR BETWEEN THE ALLIES, THE SION REVELATION, THE FORBIDDEN UNIVERSE. Documentaries about their work have been made by BBC, ITV, National Geographic Channel and Channel 5, among others.

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David Beton

David is a screen-writer/director with 8 feature-film credits and 17 TV credits. His latest movie, The Sky Original thriller, INTO THE DEEP was released globally in 2022. His Netflix mystery-thriller CONFESSION, starring Colm Meaney and Stephen Moyer, was released to a worldwide audience in January 2022 with a glowing review in The New York Times. His movie TOWER BLOCK (Sheridan Smith, Jack O’Connell) won the Grand Prize at the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL and THE HATTON GARDEN JOB (Matthew Goode, Larry Lamb, Phil Daniels, Jolie Richardson, Stephen Moyer) received a nomination at the NATIONAL FILM AWARDS. The latter sold every territory worldwide after VOLTAGE PICTURES screened it at BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL 2017.

David has written for both TV and film, working closely with producers in both – understanding the creative and practical side of the businesses. He has directed on both single and multi-camera productions.

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MEGAN SHANDLEY

Megan has been rocking the red carpet at the premiere of ‘Our Ladies’ which has been wowing the critics and will be in cinemas very soon. (Shutterstock image by Facundo Arrizabalaga and Anthony Harvey)

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ALAN TURKINGTON

String of four and five star reviews as well as Offie nominations for ‘We Anchor In Hope’ featuring Alan running at The Bunker Theatre until 21 October.

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SHALIFA KADDU

You can hear Shalifa reading from ‘Girl’ by Edna O’Brien on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Front Row’ on Monday at 715pm when the author is interviewed about her collected works.

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ALAN TURKINGTON

Alan will be appearing in ‘We Anchor In Hope’ which opens late September at The Bunker.

“This is a locals pub. And what’s the problem with locals?
They die.”
“Inconsiderate bastards.”

All over London public houses become private flats. Tomorrow The Anchor closes for good. It’s the end of an era, but Kenny and the gang are going out with a bang. There’s a blow-up sheep, karaoke and a lot of Campari. There’s secrets and grudges and forgotten dreams. As the front doors are locked and the bar is drunk dry, there’s a lot more to lose than just a pub.

 

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SANJEEV KOHLI

Tune in tonight at 10.30pm to hear, SANJEEV KOHLI, being interviewed by Janice Forsyth on BBC Scotland part of The Edinburgh Show. 

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SANJEEV KOHLI

Make sure to catch Fags, Mags and Bags, the play, co-written by Sanjeev Kohli, performed daily at the Edinburgh Festival until 26 August!

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MARK SHEALS

Mark has just completed filming on the movie ‘The Pebble and The Boy’ directed by Christopher Green. Inspired by the Paul Weller track, The Pebble and the Boy is a modern day road trip for seventeen year old John as he sets off from Manchester on his late father’s Lambretta to scatter his ashes into the sea in Brighton, spiritual home of the Mods.

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MELANIE GRAY

Delighted to say Melanie is currently filming series three of Penny On MARS as tough teacher Tosca Bauer

 

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BRENDAN CHARLESON

It’s your last chance to catch Brendan in ‘The Red Lion’ which finishes it’s tour at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow next week, shows Tuesday to Saturday.

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KELLY CLARE

As well as appearing in the new Boots campaign Kelly has just shot a guest role in new comedy ‘Breeders’.

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ANDREW JOSHI

Andrew can be caught onscreen over the next few week’s in BBC1’s look into the future ‘Years & Years’.

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MICHAELA BLACKBURN

We are delighted to announce Michaela will be reprising her role in ‘Our Lady of Kibeho’ which is transferring to the Theatre Royal Stratford East this Autumn after a hit run in Northampton.

https://www.stratfordeast.com/whats-on/all-shows/our-lady-of-kibeho

 

 

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MARK SHEALS

Mark who has just joined MCA has already booked his first job and is currently filming a guest role in Coronation Street.

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Kevin Walls

Kevin’s first short film, Identical, won a British Academy Scotland New Talent Award in 2015. He is a graduate of the MATV Fiction Writing programme at Glasgow Caledonian University with a scholarship from Warner Bros. Creative Talent. Kevin was also a part of the inaugural BBC Writersroom Scottish Voices Group.

His short film When Abbie Met Emmy premiered at BFI Flare in 2019 and Double Word Score was selected as part of the DepicT! 2020 programme at the Encounters Film Festival. Several of his scripts have recently placed in prestigious screenwriting competitions, including the Final Draft Big Break contest and the ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship.

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TIM FRANCES

We are delighted to announce Tim will be joining the cast of the award winning ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ at County Hall as Mayhew, first performance 28 May.

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KATE RUTTER

Kate is currently filming a guest role in ‘Four Weddings And A Funeral’ as well as continuing to appear on screen and film ‘Coronation Street’ for ITV.

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NICK BAILEY

Delighted to announce that Nick will be appearing in ‘Memory of Water’ opening 3 May at the Nottingham Playhouse.

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LOUISE JAMESON

We’re delighted to announce Louise is heading into the West End in this acclaimed production of Philip Ridley’s ‘Vincent River’.