Guiding Lights 5 - Mentee Update No. 1
15 June 2015
As 2013 draws to a close, we look back on the achievements of the Guiding Lights 5 mentees in a series of spotlight pieces that look at their individual stories.
This year Andrew gained agent representation, saw his feature screenplay Bummer appear on the 2013 Brit List, and travelled to LA to see his mentor William Davies, all while becoming a new father. Andrew’s latest produced short is the BFI-Shorts-backed comedy Gutpunch (starring Rufus Jones & Rebekah Staton), which he is currently developing into a TV series.
During his time with mentor William Davies, Andrew was introduced to the workings of the studio system, and attended a masterclass on how to sell your film. While in LA, Andrew had the chance to work closely with William, and we’re pleased to announce that they are currently writing a comedy feature together.
Lucy was another Guiding Lights participant to gain representation this year, recently signing with Emily Hickman at The Agency. Her latest project in development Plastic Fantastic, based in Brazil and produced by Embargo Films, was announced in Variety magazine.
During their meetings, Lucinda Coxon offered valuable feedback on two of Lucy’s early stage film ideas and vital encouragement through the process of developing both ideas into treatments. Lucinda has also facilitated meetings with producers and offered lots of great advice on dealing with the highs and lows of the development process!
As well as Plastic Fantastic, Lucy also has several projects in development, including a teen comedy with Rainy Day Films and two more original features with Samuelson Productions and Universal Spirits. Lucy has also written several episodes of children’s television show Topsy and Tim.
Henry has been continuing to work on the several films he has in development. During his time with mentor Lenny Abrahamson Henry received feedback on treatments and other stories in development, discussed at length the nature of development, and gained invaluable advice on the writing process more generally. We’re also delighted to hear that Henry will be shadowing Lenny on his next feature.
Alongside his film work Henry has had success with his first full length play, Booby’s Bay, was shortlisted for several awards and has strong interest from the Soho Theatre and Royal Court. As a result he has been nominated by the Finborough theatre for ‘BBC Writersroom 10’, a new initiative that will include mentoring from the BBC and seed money to write a new play for the nominating theatre.
As well as attending various international festivals including Cannes, Edinburgh and Rotterdam (on the Producer’s Lab), Jessica was selected this year for The Bureau’s excellent SOS script development programme. She recently returned from an SOS retreat in Italy, where she was able to focus on development with other writers and producers.
One of Jessica’s feature films, My Romantic History, with former Guiding Lights mentee Keri Collins, has just been awarded Development funding from the Film Agency for Wales, and will be ready for packaging early next year. Outside of the features she has in development, Jessica has just finished shooting Saturday, a short film set on the day of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which was funded through an overwhelmingly successful Kickstarter campaign.
Guiding Lights is the UK film industry’s leading mentoring programme. Aimed at writers, directors and producers already actively developing a career in features, it provides support through high-level mentoring, complemented by a range of training and networking activities.
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