Halfway Hotel begins filming
After months of hiccoughs and delays in post, we're very pleased to announce that this short is filming today! Well done to the team for getting this going, as it's been a very difficult time to get any projects off the ground. Written by Cera Rose Pickering, the story is a heartwarming tale of a homeless mother and her sons who find shelter in a disused and empty hotel.
Mar 16, 2021
Another festival win!
We were very pleased to discover that Emily and Gino were awarded a "Best Director' laurel and certificate from the Reale Film Festival for The Chased. They'll now be included for consideration for a yearly award, decided in December.
May 1st, 2021
Collaboration with Printers goes into production
Friends and patrons may well be aware of a collaborative link between SWP and Printers Playhouse, a community arts venue for music, theatre and comedy in Eastbourne. Today we are pleased to announce that we're collaborating with them on a play called Treble 20, written by Scott Kingsnorth, and directed by John Berry. We're happy to have been asked to film the performance for later release across online platforms - more news as it happens! Do catch the show live if you can though - tickets are like gold dust, so be quick!
Mar 28, 2021
Diamond Alice script enters shopping agreement
In some very exciting developments, production company Aston Productions, led by director Jo Southwell, has entered into a shopping rights agreement for the tv pilot script of Diamond Alice, titled 'The Hoister's Code'. We hope to be bringing more development news about this project soon.
Mar 6, 2021
Diamond Alice makes the semi-finals
Our flagship project Diamond Alice has made it to the Semi-Finals of the 2021 Screencraft TV Pilot Competition. Wish us luck for the next round!
November 18th, 2020
Scriptworks goes live!
On Wednesday, Scriptworks is going live across social media to talk about a new venture centred on our jewel-in-the-crown, 'Diamond Alice'. Join us on Facebook, Twitter or Youtube as we chat about Alice and all the exciting things we have planned for her.
November 9th, 2020
The Chased goes into production
Our second short film goes into production today. Filmed in the amazing basement bar at The Belgian Cafe, and the underground corridors of The Burlington Hotel, the shooting period will be going through the nights while the restaurant and bar above are closed. Featuring Steve Nicolson, Viv Berry, Greg Draven, Calum Speed, and Fenia Gianni, the story focuses on what life would be like if all the arts were banned. Written before the coronavirus struck, this dystopian drama has had a few delays in production, but we're over the moon to get it made, following all the guidelines on social distancing and the new protocols for filming.
August 29th, 2020
Curveball goes into production
Our first short goes into production today. Filmed at the beautiful Chalk Farm Hotel, Eastbourne, a working hotel and centre for training adults with learning disabilities, and the farm which George Orwell based the novel 'Animal Farm' on, Curveball focuses on what is sometimes the first difficult decision a special needs parent has to make - whether to go ahead with a special needs pregnancy or not. Featuring our own Greg Draven and Brighton-based actor Fenia Gianni, we are very excited to have our short centre on a topic dear to our hearts.
Photo: Fenia Gianni
August 8th, 2020
2020 Scriptworks Stageplay Competition
The deadline has just passed on our first open submission for stageplays. We've had some great submissions and are looking forward to getting one or more of these projects produced post-lockdown. Announcements on the winners will take place on July 17th @ 5pm on our social media channels.
July 1, 2020