Justin Edgar (Director) began his career directing soap operas for the BBC. He has directed Large (2001) for Film Four/Pathe which sold to twenty countries and went to number one in the UK video charts. He also directed the highly acclaimed Special People which was hailed by The Guardian as a “Milestone in mainstream cinema”. We are the Freaks premiered at the Edinburgh film Festival and was released by Metrodome in 2014. His fourth feature film The Marker starring John Hannah was released in UK cinemas this month following its international premiere at Helsinki International Film Festival and Edinburgh where it competed for the Michael Powell award.
He is also a successful producer and his films through production company 104 films include BAFTA nominated Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll starring Andy Serkis, Olivia Williams, Luke Evans and Ray Winstone and the feature documentary Notes on Blindness which premiered at Sundance 2016, won best documentary at the 2016 British Independent Film Awards and was nominated for three BAFTAs including Best British Film. 104’s new feature documentary Unrest premiered in the main competition at Sundance 2017 and is also released in the UK this month.
BFilm Micro has teamed up with Birmingham City University’s Graduate+ scheme to produce two short films as part of an intensive summer film school.
Working from specially commissioned scripts written by Screenwriting students from the BCU School of English, selected students will form a filmmaking team guided by producers Pip Piper and Paul Green plus screenwriter Andy Conway. From pre-production, through shooting the films, to editing, the student filmmakers be supported by film industry professionals with vast experience in making films.
We also aim to inspire students with our ‘Local Heroes’ masterclasses, where guest speakers from the region will offer the lowdown on how they broke into film and TV. The Graduate+ students will also have access to film professionals whilst shooting their films.
The films will be crewed entirely by Graduate+ students with on set support from experts in their field such as cinematographers and sound recordists. The completed films will be screened in front of an invited audience at a cinema in Birmingham in October. We then plan to submit the finished films to UK and International film festivals.
The Summer Film School initiative follows on from the hugely successful Immersion training programme BFilm Micro ran in conjunction with the university in 2016.
The Immersion programme culminated in the shooting of a ‘Proof of Concept’ teaser film for ‘Augmental’, a feature film we are currently developing, with Moviehouse Entertainment on board as Executive Producers and international sales agents.
We are thrilled to announce that Sean Connolly has also been cast in our forthcoming proof-of-concept teaser for Augmental.
Sean is best known for his voice work on the Acadamy Award nominated Aardman Animations’ Shaun the Sheep Movie.
BFilm Micro are delighted to announce that the immensely talented musician and artist Erica Nockalls is cast as the lead actor, Tyke, in our forthcoming proof-of-concept teaser film for Augmental, the feature film.
Following her audition, Andy Conway, screenwriter for the film, said: “It was a real pleasure to read scenes from Augmental with Erica and see the words on the page come alive.”