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Screentest nod for Derry film-maker

Float Downstream has been nominated in the Best Screenplay category at Screentest. It is written by student Brian McNulty

Float Downstream has been nominated in the Best Screenplay category at Screentest. It is written by student Brian McNulty

A Derry film-maker has been nominated for a prestigious award at the UK’s largest student film festival.

Brian McNulty’s ‘Float Downstream’’ has been nominated in the Best Screenplay category at Screentest, the UK’s largest student film festival which runs later this month at London South Bank University.

“I am delighted and honoured to be nominated for Screentest, particularly because I’ve never had any accolades for my screenplays in the past,” Brian said.

The Derry student, a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University, had the idea for his comedy when he passed by a thickly wooded roundabout and wondered what it would be like to live there.

The film developed from there and centres on a middle-aged man who has a breakdown and decides to live like a savage in the middle of a roundabout.

“As I began to develop on the idea I decided to adapt it a bit more to my own life, so I could draw my own experiences as inspiration”. Brian said.

He said platforms like Screentest are vital for aspiring film-makers.

“I visited Screentest last year and loved it. It’s a true independent filmmakers’ festival, a festival where the organisers actually care about films and film-making, rather than making money.

“It’s one of the few festivals I know that is free to enter and yet still has high standards and is run professionally.

“My goal is to become a world-renowned film-maker that gets paid big money for doing what he loves on a regular basis.”

‘Float Downstream’’ will be showcased at Screentest, which takes place at London South Bank University from 21 – 23 March.

You can get more more info online at www.screentestfest.org.uk

 

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