August sees the second BellRock 2017 screenwriters residency including a Masterclass by casting director Kerry Barden.
The six filmmakers and writers who were selected to participate in the BellRock 2017 programme will be working at Hospitalfield from 2 – 5 August. The workshop starts with an intensive Masterclass by Kerry Barden who has been involved in finding the extraordinary actors within critically acclaimed films of cult status such as Boys Don’t Cry and American Psycho.
The BellRock programme, led by Olivia Stewart of Three Rivers Film, supports the participants to develop fully formed feature length screenplays through workshops, discussion and one to one mentoring. The programme ran for the first time last year and follows a format of three residential stays at Hospitalfield over the summer and autumn. BellRock is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Screen Fund.
Alasdair Bayne, Catriona MacInnes, Declan Dineen, James Price, Marina Notaraki and Sara Jane Kirkwood are working with Olivia Stewart and fellow industry mentors, Alfredo Covelli and Ian Sellar to develop their projects over the next four months.
About the Writers
Alasdair Bayne is an experienced short film writer, director and editor, who aspires to write and direct feature films. In 2012, his short drama Birds screened at Encounters International Film Festival, and in the same year his Bridging the Gap documentary In Search of the Wallaby screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. In 2014 Alasdair spent 3 months in the village of Skagaströnd, Northern Iceland, filming the short documentary Brother. In July 2015, he co-directed the short drama Haftasonue with Cypriot filmmaker Talat Gokdemir. In 2017, he spent a month on residency in Finland, developing the feature screenplay for Public.
Declan Dineen was born to Irish parents in Wales and is now living in Scotland. Outside of writing he is voraciously creatively involved in music, magic and video games. He once tried to meet everyone who followed him on twitter, an idle whim which became became international news for a bizarre weekend in 2013 and formed the basis of a sell-out fringe show, #meetandtweet.
Sara Jane Kirkwood originates from a housing scheme in Clydebank and spent over 20 years working across the sectors in frontline social work, latterly in youth homelessness. She recently wrote and directed the short film Damned Dolls, supported through the Five@5 for Women programme of the Scottish Film Talent Network; and she has written the feature film screenplay Tolerance with financial support from Creative Scotland. Currently she is developing the feature film screenplay for Damned Dolls and is redrafting Crazy Daisy’s. Sara Jane has also written and self published a book, The Seven Sisters of Carbeth and working on the sequel, The Hand of Carbeth.
Catriona MacInnes trained as a performer and theatre maker at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and worked professionally as an actor before going on to study film. Her first film I’m In Away From Here premiered in competition at the 65th Venice International Film Festival in 2008, and her second short A Cuillin Rising premiered at the 55th BFI London Film Festival in October 2011. Catriona’s new short film Howls, produced by THIRD Films, was supported through the Scottish Film Talent Network (SFTN), part of the BFI NET.WORK, and will premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June. She is also working with THIRD Films and SFTN on development of her feature film screenplay Safe Days.
Marina Notaraki is a young filmmaker from Greece, based in Scotland since 2015. She graduated from Screen Academy Scotland. Her interests lie in writing about Youth and sub-cultures, Identity, Gender/Sexuality/Femininity, Mental Health, Race, Loneliness-Isolation, the Fault of Privilege and Trash Culture.
James Price is a self-taught screenwriter from the Springburn area of Glasgow. He was nominated for a BAFTA New Talent award as writer for the short film Dropping Off Michael, which went on to gain a Best Short Film nomination at the 2015 BAFTA Scotland Awards ceremony. His short screenplay Street Hassle came first place in Shore Scripts Short Film competition judged by Jeremy Irons and Tony Grisoni and other industry professionals. Currently he is in post-production on his short film Chibbed, which he wrote and directed for the online platform BBC Social.
About the Programme
This project arises from an identified strategic need for additional support for filmmakers and screenwriters based in Scotland, highlighted within Creative Scotland’s Film Strategy and is a partnership with Producer, Mentor and Script Consultant Olivia Stewart of Three Rivers Film; and Hospitalfield.
Olivia Stewart is the Director of the workshop and is joined by two other experienced mentors Alfredo Covelli and Ian Sellar.