Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Trio Are Flying the Flag at Film Awards; North East Work Nominated at for Top Spots

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Trio Are Flying the Flag at Film Awards; North East Work Nominated at for Top Spots

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Byline: Barbara Hodgson ? 0191 201 6219 ? barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.co.uk

LOCALLY-funded films are up for a clutch of awards this weekend at the British Independent Film Awards. Helping to fly the flag for the North East at Sunday's prestigious awards night in London are nominations for three films funded or produced by the region.

They include a best actor and a best supporting actress nomination for Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave for their roles in Song for Marion, the feature film - which is also up for best screenplay - awarded PS150,000 from a creative content fund set up by Northern Film & Media (NFM) and local venture capital firm Northstar.

Co-starring Gemma Arterton and Christopher Eccleston and shot in Newcastle and Durham last summer with the help of local extras, the upbeat story of a grumpy pensioner persuaded by his wife to join a community choir had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September, and it has already been tipped as a possible Oscar winner. Another film to premiere at the film festival in Canada and vying for attention at Sunday's awards will be Quartet, produced by Newcastle-based Headline Pictures and marking Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut.

It brings Billy Connolly a best supporting actor nomination for his role alongside Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay and Pauline Collins in the story of four opera singers in a residential home for retired musicians. Ahead of its January release in the UK, there'll be a local screening on Tuesday at Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle.

The third nominated film is dark drama Frank, made with NFM funding and a North East cast, with Philip Shotton, one of its two producers, coming from Whitley Bay.

Filmed in Newcastle and Hartlepool, the bleak story of a man without any meaning in life is up for The Raindance Award, which honours achievement by filmmakers working against the odds or with limited resources. …

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