Award Winners To Showcase Latest Work

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Date posted: 13 December 2006

A Derby film company which won a national BBC competition looking for the hottest comedy talent in the UK will promote its latest work in the city next week.

Current and former University of Derby students have helped form Little Circle, an independent film company based at Banks’ Mill Studios, in Bridge Street.

Little Circle Productions consists of: Daz Spencer, Graham Williams, Christopher J. Davies, Matt Wells, Paul Hammond, Claire Sharman, Mark Shaw, and Ali Powers (stage name Pow3rs).

Their latest work STALLARD, a comedy-drama pilot episode, will be screened at the Five Lamps pub on Duffield Road, Derby, on Monday, December 18 as part of a new film club in the city. Little Circle now hope to develop it into a four-part series.

STALLARD follows the unlikely friendship between raw police recruit Jacko Rubasingham and recently reinstated veteran detective Frank Stallard.

As the pair deal with the trivialities of small town policing and the bizarre case of a serial killer targeting ducks, STALLARD asks: what kind of mind does it take to murder waterfowl? What demons haunt Frank Stallard? And how close to a madman do you have to be in order to catch one?

The episode was filmed entirely on location in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire with kind cooperation from Nottinghamshire Police, based at Worksop, and local businesses and institutions including Scarsdale Veterinary Clinics, the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham, the University of Derby, the Hill Methodist Church, and The Metro Cinema. Little Circle also wish to thank Morrisons Supermarket PLC and Select Stores.

Little Circle’s Co-producer Chris Davies, 24; Director and Co-producer Daz Spencer, 24; Cameraman and Editor, Graham Williams, 21; and Writer and Co-producer Paul Hammond, 23, beat more than 600 entrants to win the BBC’s Funny Hunt competition earlier this year.

The competition was seeking the funniest material that up-and-coming animators and filmmakers could produce and the filmmakers put forward an e xcerpt from Little Circle’s Sketch Show Michelangelo’s Heroes.

For their prize, the four visited the BBC studios in Manchester earlier this year, and they say the tips and advice from leading scriptwriters and directors have enhanced their skills further.

The Little Circle/Five Lamps co-run film night is on every Monday night at the pub showcasing the hottest film talent in the region to the public. This coming Monday will be a Little Circle night and is ticket only. Five Lamps’ web page is

Anyone wanting to submit films for this week’s film night can do so by contacting Dean or Daz via;

Little Circle can be reached at or


STALLARD – Episode 1 stars local musician/writer/actor Ali Pow3rs in the role of psychiatrically fragile PC Frank Stallard, while local entrepreneur, licensee and music promoter Amit Zala, takes the role of enthusiastic recruit PC Jacko Rubasingham. Other notable cast members include Jerry Hope, vocalist/writer/guitarist/flugelhorner of psychedelic industrial jazz fusion act ‘The Dust Collectors’ as the disdainful PC Barry Teggert; local actor Paul Hammond as haemorrhoidal PC Terry Dougherty; and Chris Shilling and Angela Goring, actors with a varied short film and theatre history appearing as Sinister Councillor Derek Clarke and Councillor Maureen Hargreaves respectively.

Ali Pow3rs has provided the score for the episode while further musical contributions come in the form of local Hip Hop MC Alex Blood who has received national airplay from Galaxy FM and Radio One.


For further information call: Simon Redfern, Senior Press and PR Officer, University of Derby on 01332 591942, or email

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