Newcomer Simon Stratton has won the 2010 John Brabourne ‘Big 5’ Comedy Award with his screenplay Get Miles.
The Cardiff-based screenwriter will now have his script made into a short film, funded by the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF). He will also receive a cash prize of £1,000 from Working Title.
Stratton said he was ‘ecstatic’ to have won: “It’s very hard at the moment to be a new writer and so it’s nice to have someone take a punt on you.”
John Brabourne was one of Britain’s most prolific producers with an illustrious career spanning four decades and twenty seven films. He was the father of Production Wizard Chairman, Timothy Knatchbull, and Production Wizard are very proud to be sponsoring the Newcomer Award.
The winner of the John Brabourne Newcomer Award will receive £1,000 and free use of the Production Wizard website for a year.
Stratton’s film, which follows the life of the unlucky main character, will be made with the support of the ‘Big 5’ award sponsors: Kodak, Technicolor, Pinewood Studios, Arri Media and n2o Entertainment. CTBF and the UK Film Council will fund the production.
Norma Burke of n2o Entertainment compiled the shortlist from over 200 entries and was impressed by the quality of the writing.
One of the categories for the competition was transitional talent and Burke felt that the awards will encourage stand-up comedians, theatre and TV writers to cross over to film writing in the future.
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