Writer and Director David Pearson on Directors UK Inspire scheme 2018 for The Lock Inn
Producer, Elizabeth M Hemlock launched new feature project, Counter Measures in 2017. In development 2018
Sadly trans pioneer and activist Julia Grant died on the 2nd January. She was courageous, distinctive and bold to the end and leaves a huge legacy. She changed the lives of many people. David directed the popular BBC series "A CHANGE OF SEX" that followed Julia Grant's story and which got huge audiences. See news
You can read David's obituary on her in the Guardian here.
David is working with new writing talent at NFTS, and continuing his long standing support for emerging talent.
Lock Inn Selected for FIN
David's film, The Lock Inn, in development as writer & director with producer Jenny Walker at FoR Films was selected for the FIN Co-Production Market in Canada held in September 2018.
DAVID TRAINS NEW DIRECTING TALENT
David is training new directing talent in June 2018 for the ITF. Booking now.
David trained new talent in Spring 2018 on the Rising Directors scheme run by ITF, SIDF and Skillset.
MUGABE HAS GONE BUT THE AWARD WINNING "MUGABE AND THE WHITE AFRICAN" IS STILL HERE
A searing insight into Mugabe's destruction of the farms and economy of Zimbabwe seen through one families struggle. Arturi Films produced the award winning cinema film Mugabe and the White African which was Oscar short listed and Nominated for an Emmy and a BAFTA Award. Directed by Andrew Thompson & Lucy Bailey, the film won a British Indpendent Film Award, a Grierson Award, and a Prix Italia, among many others.
Dogwoof the UK distributors no longer sell the DVD
For details of the family's continuing work for justice for all people in Zimbabwe please go to:
Other Autumn 2017 News
Director of 'Counter Measures' Zachary Miller - 2 Bulls on The Hill Productions, France, developing project with Elizabeth alongside their international co-producers.
2017 High Profile Events with Industry Figures
2017 has seen David Pearson run a number of high profile events with industry figures for film students at Reading University including most recently a session on how directors work with actors with actress Kelly Macdonald (Black Mirror, Train Spotting, & No Country For Old Men) and director James Hawes (Black Mirror, Undercover & Penny Dreadful), two highly talented practitioners who generously shared their knowledge and insights in an interview with David and by them carrying out some constructive and revealing and helpful practical exercises. Other sessions have included BAFTA winning director Olivia Lichtenstein, acquisitions lead Beatrice Newmann, journalist and Film CYmru Chair Mike Gubbins, Filmdoo CEO Weerada Sucharitkul, director Ruhi Hamid and screenwriter and novelist Maurice Caldera.
BLACK CAR HOME AT ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL 2015
The film has been chosen for screening at the Orando Film Festival in the USA 21st -25th October. www.orlandofilmfest.com/
My few treasures!
Following festival screenings in 2015 and six UK cinema screenings in late 2013 and early 2014, including two sell outs, a new live event for Black Car Home was held in June 2014 at the SVA in Gloucestershire. It can be done again. If you run a venue and want to host a similar event please get in touch.
'What would you take with you if you were homeless?' Jon Cleave famous as the MC and bass singer of the Fisherman's Friends and star of Black Car Home, a darkly comic fairytale set and filmed locally in Gloucestershire, explores with your help what it is like living in the back of a car, using the actual vehicle from the film. What few treasures would you keep close if you were living rough? Bring a few of your 'desert island treasures' with you to participate with Jon and discuss the stories that make them important to you.
You'll see this short cinema film directed by David Pearson, Oscar shortlisted BAFTA and Emmy Nominated producer and Director of Stroud based Arturi Films and find out how the film was made, and how you can be part of its future story as a full length feature film.
Desert Island Treasures
with Jon Cleave and the film Black Car Home
Sunday 22nd June 7.30pm
SVA, Goods Shed
Station Yard, Stroud GL5 3AP
BLACK CAR HOME IN CINEMAS NOW! JANUARY 2014
Following a run of screenings in December 2013 at Wotton Cinema, Black Car Home, a darkly comic tale, set in the run up to Christmas will feature in a special charity event, Celebrating Cinema, at Wotton on the 18th January with lead actor Jon Cleave (front man of the Fisherman's Friends), along with global hit Mama Mia's screenwriter Catherine Johnson, and bird trainer Lloyd Buck whose Olive is one of the film's stars. This event is followed by cinema screenings in January at Wadebridge and Truro and at the Festival Of Birds in February 2014. For full details and trailer please go to www.blackcarhome.com In Black Car Home,Tatiana, a feisty illegal Latin American immigrant, is thrown overboard and told to 'swim'. She is expecting to find New York, not the banks of the Severn estuary. She is rescued from freezing mud by Nathan, a rough giant of a man who lives in a makeshift camp by the beach. As their quirky friendship grows, an unexpected visitor launches them on their adventure.
Black Car Home: when Tatiana, a feisty illegal Latin American immigrant, is thrown overboard and told to 'swim', she is expecting to find New York, not an isolated English coastal estuary. She is rescued from freezing weather by Nathan, a rough giant of a man who lives in a makeshift camp by the beach, and forages for food. When Nathan refuses to take her to London, Tatiana leaves him. She thinks he's a bastard and he thinks she's a 'Zwodder'! She returns, in need of his protection and as their quirky friendship grows, they share a vivid experience from a surprise visitor, which set them both free.
A CLUSTER OF AWARDS!
RTS ADDED TO PRIX ITALIA, GRIERSON, BIFA AWARDS AND BAFTA NOMINATION AND ALL FOR MUGABE AND THE WHITE AFRICAN !
For details on the film click here
Mugabe and the White African produced by Welsh and Gloucestershire based Arturi Films has just won the Royal Television Society's Best Documentary Award.
The feature film is an Arturi Films Production in association with Explore Films, Molinare Productions and the Film Agency for Wales and is currently on DVD release in the UK, US and France, following a successful cinema release in all three and TV showing on Channel 4. David muses, 'It's been quite a year what with our BAFTA Nomination and Awards from BIFA, PRIX ITALIA, GRIERSON, CAMERA JUSTITIA and an Oscar short listing to name just some, and all very gratifying for us that so many people recognise the film's achievements and the strong emotional reactions audience have when they see it.
The film was nominated for BAFTA's Outstanding Debut 2010 for its Arturi's producers David Pearson and Lizzie Morgan Hemlock and the directors Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson and wss shortlisted for an Oscar Nomination. The film was awarded a BIFA 2009 for Best Documentary Feature, presented by Jimi Mistry and Rupert Evans(see photo) to the producers David Pearson and Elizabeth (centre rifght) Morgan Hemlock and directors Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson (centre left). In cinemas now the film is released in the USA, UK and soon France.
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