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Film by Young NI Directors accepted by Sky TV

Success for young NI Directors

A short film created by young  directors Steven and Wayne Benson of De Novo Pictures in Portrush, Northern Ireland, called Chocolate Kiss, has just been accepted for broadcast on a new Sky channel called Propeller. Propeller has been designed to be a platform upon which new television and film production talent will be able to air their work to a UK-wide audience of Sky viewers.

Steven and Wayne have sent the film to Middlesborough for editing down to a 30 minute short due to the limited access to editing suites on the Causeway Coast.  Their current films 0.0270270 (the story of a gambler who places everything he has on a single bet on the advice of a talking dog, featuring James Nesbitt) and The Elephant Graveyard (based on the lives of fictional students) will be screened at Riverside Theatre Coleraine on the 4th April 2006.

The Riverside in Coleraine seeks to foster new talent and is supporting Steven & Wayne by assisting with the exclusive screening.

The short film Chocolate Kiss, accepted by Propeller, is a thriller developed in the wake of the outrage raised by the Sarah Paine case, which deals with the suspicion of paedophila in two unlikely characters, a teacher and a policeman.  Addressing this sensitive issue with caution and maturity, the Benson brothers worked closely with Diane Scott, their course leader at the Cleveland College of Art & Design in Middlesborough. It was Diane who encouraged them to submit the film for an exciting new SKY channel for 6-34 year olds designed to demonstrate new and innovative film and television practice.

Funded from the Learning and Skills Council Centre for Vocational Excellence Initiative, the Propeller channel works closely with Skillset and has the endorsement of its national executive board.  It is run as a not-for-profit organisation - helping to establish a national platform and broadcast facility, developing new media businesses and providing a showcase of drama, documentaries, animation, film, music, entertainment and current affairs from young emerging media professionals.

Tickets to the exclusive screening of 0.0270270 (featuring James Nesbitt) and The Elephant Graveyard on 4 April are available from the Riverside Box Office on 028 7032 3232.

For more information, images or to arrange interviews contact: Sharon Kirk, Marketing Manager, Riverside Theatre on 028 7032 3037 or
[email protected]

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