Magazine article Screen International

Keri Collins, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014

Magazine article Screen International

Keri Collins, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014

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DIRECTOR: "I feel as if I've taken a long time to get here," says Cardiff-born director Keri Collins.

"I've been making short films since I was 20 years old. That's almost 15 years."

Directing has been a life-long ambition for Collins, who made his micro-funded feature debut last year with the comedy Convenience, which was shown at Raindance.

This follows on from a series of shorts, most notably Funday about a melancholic clown - made for a mere $840 (£500) - and his most recent work, A Welshman's Guide To Breaking Up, starring Jonny Owen.

Mentored by Kenneth Branagh on the Guiding Lights scheme in 2008, Collins is "juggling a lot of balls - treatments, pilots, pitches - at the moment, waiting for one of them to go".

A fan of the much-maligned British rom-com, he plans to resuscitate the genre with his next feature, an adaptation of Scottish playwright DC Jackson's My Romantic History, which won an award at Edinburgh in 2010 before selling out at London's Bush Theatre. …

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