After a competitive assessment process, ten talented Midlands-based writers were selected to develop their short film scripts as part of our Stories to Shorts Programme.
The lab led by BIFA and BAFTA-nominated writer and Script Editor Laura Tunbridge took place at the end of 2023 and has led to ten diverse and brilliant screenplays from exciting new Midlands talent.
The cohort received guidance on refining concepts, structure, character development, writing dialogue, creating treatments and pitching documents for short films before each working one-on-one with their designated Script Editor to develop and finalise their screenplay over several weeks.
Read on to learn more about the talent and their exciting projects.
A mother had a plan to escape. The plan went wrong. Her children
must now take over the plan. CANALS is a coming-of-age story of two British South Asian siblings who escape their home to find refuge in a bright pink canal boat.
A disgraced sports coach discovers the opportunity to revive her career when her house is broken into by four delinquent teenage girls whereby instead of calling the police, desperately tries to recruit them as a relay team.
A lonely football roams the streets looking for someone to play with and stumbles across the game of his life. Determined to get in on the action he sabotages a fellow ball risking his chance of finding what he really needs, a friend.
Daisy’s daily routine as a widowed mortuary technician involves preparing bodies for funerals. When her late husband’s mistress turns up dead in her mortuary, she needs to balance her professional responsibility and her long-repressed feelings.
HOW TO BREATHE
Sundays mean visits to dad’s. Roast dinners, the Eastenders omnibus and, on a good day, hand-me-downs from her stepsister. Eliza's not ready for lesson that will dictate the shape of her life but it’s a lesson every girl needs to learn, isn’t it?
Struggling with loneliness in a hyper-connected world, a young man yearns to make friends the 'old fashioned way’ - through work. Except, he’s a drug dealer.
Amid a Jamaican wedding in Birmingham, singleton Drew grapples with the spotlight as he's tasked with a speech. He finds himself entangled in the intricacies of love, identity, & expectation, all while a supernatural occurrence shakes the festivities
Ana Carolina de Freitas Rodrigues
When an estranged daughter discovers her father has succumbed to a mysterious illness, she returns to the family farm to attempt to heal old wounds and disinfest the land where nothing has been able to grow.
November 1983. As a nuclear crisis escalates, two spies debate over a piece of intelligence that could end the world.
A legendary children's television presenter comes to terms with the end of his long-running show, saying goodbye to his partner Ralph.