CREATIVE SKILLSET HIGH END TV
NORTHERN IRELAND COMEDY WRITERS PROGRAMME 2016
In November, at the Belfast Media Festival, we were delighted to stage extracts from six shortlisted scripts.
The shortlist for the 2016 Northern Ireland Comedy Writers Programme included works by:
- KAREN QUINN 'BAKERSVILLE'
- DAVE KINGHAN 'MOVING FORWARD'
- ANDREW PARKHILL 'CHIEFTANS'
- JANINE COBAIN 'STEPS'
- MATTHEW McDEVITT 'LOCK IN'
- JAMES GRANLEESE 'APARTMENTALISED'
The six shortlisted writers were teamed with mentors who helped them adapt their work for the live reading at the Festival.
Industry interest was high and the feedback excellent. The six scripts are now being distributed to key commissioners and producers in TV Comedy.
This programme and event was funded by the High End TV Levy. BBC Writersroom, Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Comedy are also directly involved.
The Belfast Comedy Writers group were also incredibly supportive of the event, encouraging local writers to get involved.
James is a 21 year old, Computer Games Development student at Queen's University, Belfast. He has written a small number of short films and comedy sketches in his free time; one of the short films is being shot in March while a comedy group in London has asked for permission to film a few of his sketch scripts.
Janine is a writer and filmmaker based in Belfast, who writes fiction and screenplays for fun, and commercial content for a PR company. With strong organisation skills and experience in finance, she has produced several short films and music videos, and hopes to one day produce a feature adaptation of her debut novel, How Will You Remember Me?
Karen was a finalist in the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award in 2014, run by the International Emmy committee, for her screenplay No Great Artist, and again in 2015 for her screenplay The Nighthorse. No Great Artist was also shortlisted for the Red Planet Prize in April 2014.
Andrew is 35, lives in Belfast, and works as a TV subtitler (the Teletext-type ones that used to be on Ceefax when Ceefax was a thing). He has written several short films and stage sketches, as well as directing the short comedies I'll Be Here All Night and Friggers, and is currently developing the comedy feature script Choirmaster. He is also a sometime-walker of a hyperactive border collie.
Matthew McDevitt writes the weekly comedy gameshow 'Let's Get Quizzical' which featured in Heroes of Fringe at this year's Edinburgh Festival. Other work includes 'The Greasy Apple', a fictional documentary on the history of the Derry music scene, broadcast on Resonance FM.
Dave has written for theatre and children's television. His work includes Gordon Osram's Funeral, an immersive theatre piece performed in Belfast and Dublin; DEATH (on a shoestring), a musical comedy performed at the Belfast Festival at Queen's; and episodes of Joe & Jack, an animated series for pre-schoolers which was broadcast in Ireland, the UK, and internationally.