Northern Ireland Screen today launched the first initiative in its new career development programme for Northern Ireland resident screen talent.
The overall programme, entitled “BREAKING IN”, will consist of five key components aimed at delivering activities which add value to Northern Ireland Screen’s development work in the areas of screenwriting and short film. Intended to encourage producers, production companies, film financiers and agents to engage with Northern Ireland resident screen talent, it is expected that the initiative will also enable the Northern Ireland sector to deliver projects suited to the marketplace.
The first initiative from the programme, “LONDON READINGS”, will deliver three script readings per year in London, in June, October and February, of unproduced scripts from the best of the Northern Ireland Screen development slate. The inaugural London Reading is planned for 13th June, of comedy script MY THAI, from The Hole in the Wall Gang. With a solid pedigree in local comedy and television production, this is the first feature for partners Damon Quinn, Michael McDowell and Tim McGarry.
The plan is to look at horror/thriller scripts for October this year and a romance/romantic comedy script for February 2014.
Head of Production Andrew Reid and Development Executive Ursula Devine will run the project, which has been made possible through funding from the BFI in February this year.
Andrew stated: “We are delighted to launch MY THAI at the first London table reading. We were keen to find a project that shows Northern Ireland writers are not limited to political dramas and gritty troubles stories, but they also have some commercial sense. This is an imminently sellable project and we hope to push on through development to production quite swiftly.”
For further information on attending the table read, contact Ursula Devine at Northern Ireland Screen (+44 28 90 23444 and firstname.lastname@example.org ).