The Ramsgate 1st International Film & TV Festival 24-26 March 2017

Ramsgate International Film and TV FestivalThe Ramsgate 1st International Film & TV Festival runs from 24-26 March 2017, centred at The Granville Cinema on the Ramsgate sea front, which is the main hub for screenings and information.

The festival programme has been announced, with short films and feature films from around the world, selected by the festival selection committee.

There will be seminars and talks by industry experts, a youth film-making even, a celebration of Polish cinema, gala events and even some parties. A special gala evening will show a preview of LEAVE NOW by Stephen Frost, a supernatural movie shot entirely in the Ramsgate area.

Come and support film-makers and the local area.


Is BBC Radio under threat? have stated that “the BBC is under attack” and “60% of BBC radio output will now come from private providers”.

The radio is certainly an important opening for new and emerging writers, which may be threatened by an increase in the amount of content sourced from more commercial providers.

The SumOfUs article and appeal for signatories to their petition is as follows:

“The BBC is under attack. Under pressure from the government, our public service broadcaster has agreed to privatise the majority of BBC radio.

Under the terms of the new draft charter, 60% of BBC radio output will now come from private providers, a massive increase from the current 20%. That would make wealthy private interests gatekeepers for one of our most trusted information sources.

Tell Theresa May to help stop the privatisation of the BBC.

BBC radio union members unanimously said they thought the plan would negatively impact BBC radio service. Just imagine what will happen when our beloved programmes are controlled by profit-driven corporations rather than those serving the public interest.

The BBC’s new draft charter has been adopted following massive pressure from conservative interests that claim the public service broadcaster has a “left-wing bias”. But extensive academic studies show that’s plain wrong. It’s just a cover story for privatisation.

When BBC Radio Six Music faced closure to make room for private competition back in 2010, a huge public outcry saved it from the axe. Together we need to generate that same grassroots opposition to privatisation now.

We need to come together now to stop the corporate takeover of one of our most trusted information sources. Countless Brits rely on the BBC to be informed, engaged citizens. Privatisation would make the BBC a force for wealthy enterprises, not the people’s interest.

Sign the petition and urge Theresa May to stop the privatisation of the BBC.”


A film about young people, made by young people

A short film about young people, made by young people. This project is an experience that will shape future careers in the film industry.

H&G is a short film about young people, made by young people. It is a modern-day fairytale, the story of two teenagers. H lives in a small high-rise flat with his alcoholic, drug addicted mother, as she is on and off the wagon he is in and out of care, predictably he is in trouble a lot. He goes to school because that is preferable to staying home but he is in trouble a lot there too. At school he is friends with Gret, she is quiet and forgettable. From an ordinary family Gret is average in all things and often feels ignored. The two find each other and the story takes us through twists and turns to a tragic conclusion.

This film will be made entirely by acting, media and music students from a local high school. The students are serious and passionate about a career in the film making industry and the idea behind this project is to give them hands on practical experience they can use to open doors to further education and future employment. What the students lack in funds they make up for in ambition, talent and creativity. To support this project is to support the prospects of many young people, offering them a real step toward starting worthwhile and exciting careers.

Help to support a youth film project with the The Canterbury Academy​.


Creative Industries Federation’ Report

Creative Industries FederationThe Creative Industries Federation issued its interim report of red-line issues and recommendations on how the creative industries can survive and thrive post-Brexit.

John Kampfner, the Federation’s chief executive, stated: “The challenge is to seize the opportunity sectors in the British economy and prioritise them in future trade deals and in the new industrial strategy. The creative industries are a massive opportunity for the UK government.

“This is the fastest growing sector of the UK economy and includes all the things that Britain is famous for – from our music to our films, television and heritage. We want to work with government to safeguard the jobs, the revenues and the prestige the creative sector offers.”

Read the statement and the report.


Tracy Russell – Voiceover Artist

Tracy Russell - Voiceover ArtistTracy Russell is a versatile voiceover artist active across media boundaries, as can be attested to by Tracy’s extensive showreels. Actor and voiceover artist for films, TV, radio, audio books, computer games, animation, audio guides, commercial and corporate media, and more.

The range of Tracy Russell’s work reflects the great amount of research Tracy puts into each piece, and shines with her mix of professionalism and joy.

Tracy is an active, founding member of Kent Film-makers, a growing and large group of film-makers who meet regularly to network, seek and offer help, share experience and film-making techniques, review scripts, and collaborate on films.


‘Butterfly’ in the London Short Film Festival

ButterflyShort film, BUTTERFLY, has been officially selected for the BAFTA-qualifying London Short Film Festival taking place 6-15th January 2017.

BUTTERFLY tells the story of one young swimmer’s struggle against the epilepsy that has returned to haunt her life. When the condition puts Jane’s swimming career on hold and her quality of life under threat, she must decide just where her priorities lie… before it is too late.

The film is deeply moving and superbly produced by the actors and crew. As an executive producer, I am proud to have been a part of the film, albeit in a small way.

I am convinced that BUTTERFLY will pick up well-deserved awards on the film festival circuit.


Watching films releases natural painkiller

BBCThe BBC reports that watching films releases a natural painkiller. According to experiments by an Oxford University team, tragic films and other dramatic works trigger a rush of feel-good endorphins, and suggest in the Royal Society’s Open Sciences journal that the natural painkiller helps us bond with the people around us, and that our affinity for emotive fiction may have evolved in the context of cohesion of social groups, as the endorphin effect has also been seen in comedy, singing and dancing.