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Films of horror and heartbreak set for success in UK and US

Producer Emma Hammond, Director of Photography Guy Francis, sound by Arran Donnelly, and wardrobe by Stephanie Cole. Starring Sarah Stewart-Lee and Alexander Clifford. "This is a great opportunity for these two film crews to show their work to industry professionals." Russell Cherrington, Senior Lecturer in Film Production, University of Derby

Date posted: 29 October 2014

As Halloween looms, two University of Derby student films will both be hoping for monster success tomorrow night (October 30) - on two different continents.

This Thursday night short film The Copy-Writer, inspired by the works of American horror writer HP Lovecraft (1890-1937), will be screened at the famous Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, Hollywood, USA. It is part of a 'Holly Shorts' evening to promote up and coming filmmakers.

On the same night another University-made short film, Rose, will be among the shortlisted entries in the 'Drama' category of The Royal Television Society Midlands Centre Awards finals, to be held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull.

Both films were first screened at the CINE 14 film night, at the QUAD Derby cinema in June; this year's annual Degree Show for University of Derby Film students completing their courses.

The Copy-Writer uses Lovecraft's stories (mostly about a race of monstrous 'Elder Gods' who threaten humanity) to tell its own tale of an author trying to decipher mysterious notes left him by another unknown writer, only to find himself threatened by other-dimensional beings or possibly his own madness.

The film script was written by Liam Banks, produced by Laura Cotton and directed by Jonathan Butler. It stars Tony Gibbons, Tony Goodall, Tiddles Raven and Nikki Johnson.

Rose is a very different kind of drama, looking at the struggles of a young woman who is abandoned by her boyfriend when she unexpectedly finds herself pregnant.

Commenting on his film's Royal Television Society Award nomination, Steven Galloway (Rose's Writer, Director and Editor) said: "It makes me very excited and proud, knowing all the time and effort I and my crew put in has paid off and been recognised. I'm hoping this is just the beginning for our film careers."

Rose was produced by Emma Hammond, Guy Francis was Director of Photography, sound was by Arran Donnelly, and wardrobe and make-up was by Stephanie Cole. The principal actors were Sarah Stewart-Lee and Alexander Clifford.

Russell Cherrington, Senior Lecturer in Film Production at the University of Derby, added: "This is a great opportunity for these two film crews to show their work to industry professionals, and network future projects to real film and television production companies.

"We are proud of all our graduates and support their film career aspirations."

For further information on Film courses at the University of Derby go to website www.derby.ac.uk/courses/film-production-ba-hons

For further information on this news release media can contact Sean Kirby, University of Derby Press & PR Officer, on 01332 591891