Dawn Rescue at the Portobello Film Festival

(above: Christopher Brandon and Cameron Slater in Dawn Rescue)

Delighted to find out today that my debut short film Dawn Rescue (see my Film page) has been selected for the Portobello Film Festival. It will be shown as part of the Independent Showcase on the 11th of September in the Pop Up Cinema on Acklam Rd. Details here; http://www.portobellofilmfestival.com/2012/sept11_pop.html

This is my first film so I’m really chuffed its made it into a film festival.

The film takes the form of a promotional video by an organisation named Dawn Rescue, with Dan and Matthew recounting how they first met in a gay bar in Soho 11 years ago. But these two men aren’t quite what they might at first seem. There’s a Dawn Rescue diary on this website, to accompany the film, which deepens the story.

Oh, and admission to the Portobello Film Festival is FREE so why not pop along?

Armed Forces Day at the Off Cut Festival 2012

My next project is the short play Armed Forces Day for the upcoming Off Cut Festival at the Riverside Studios in the Autumn. 28 plays (divided into four groups) will battle it out for audience votes, 2 plays being voted through from each group to a final week where the ultimate winner of the festival will be decided.

Dates for the plays were announced yesterday, and my play is in Group 3, on the 2nd, 4th and 6th of October at 7.30pm, and on the 7th at 3pm. This is the second year I’ve had a play selected for Off Cut, and its a great (if somewhat tense) experience being part of this festival. This year there are a few names I recognise amongst the other writers taking part; I’ve seen plays by at least three of them, but a lot of other names are completely new to me and I’m really looking forward to seeing their work.

Anyway, the really exciting part is yet to come, as I’ll be assigned director and actors for my play in the next few weeks. Further details to follow.