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'The Parapod: A Very British Ghost Hunt' finally released

Blue Finch Film Releasing & Infinite Hermit have announced that hilarious new docu-comedy The ParaPod: A Very British Ghost Hunt (formerly The Parapod Movie) will be coming to UK cinemas this September, and on VOD 27th September 2021.

After 3.5 million podcast downloads, sold-out live shows and hit specials, get ready to go on the road with hardwired skeptic Ian Boldsworth. Follow as he goes head-to-head with lifelong believer Barry Dodds to discover the truth about the supernatural.

Taking to the roads of the UK in a souped-up hearse, they visit the UK’s most haunted village, the home of the world’s most violent poltergeist, the underground labyrinths of Edinburgh, and everywhere in between. What follows is a rollercoaster of conflict and hilarity, as Barry tries – with increasing desperation – to find the proof to convince his cynical friend that ghosts are real.

Documentary-filmed completely on location over a three-year period, The ParaPod – A Very British Ghost Hunt is produced by Bil Bungay (Moon, Diego Maradona, Nureyev, When The Lights Went Out), directed by and starring award-winning podcast pioneer Ian Boldsworth (The ParaPod, Peacock & Gamble Podcast, The Mental Podcast) with multi-award-winning comedian Barry Dodds.

Director & star Ian Boldsworth is excited for the release saying “The sell-out preview of January 2020 in London’s Leicester Square rather cruelly tricked me into believing this arduous journey of listening to Barry’s ghost nonsense had an end in sight. In March 2020, two dates into the UK screening tour, it was clear that the universe had other ideas. So I am truly delighted that this unique film is finally going to be witnessed by others, and I can get the sympathy I deserve for putting myself through this supernatural bombardment.

Co-star Barry Dodds also can’t wait for the release saying “After what has felt like (and literally has been) years of waiting for the wider world to see the film which dominated so much of our working lives, it’s a real pleasure to know that it will finally be out there for the world to see. It’s a very unique experience to hear oneself in the grip of mind-bending fear but I hope both sceptics and believers will take away something from this film, hopefully, something different to what they brought to it

Watch the new trailer here

Dates for the movie screening and Q&A are available here

'The Parapod: A Very British Ghost Hunt' finally released 'The Parapod: A Very British Ghost Hunt' finally released

News story posted on 21-07-2021 10:00

Laurence Clark scoops Channel 4 Drama 4Screenwriting course

Channel 4 today announced the 12 writers who won coveted places on this year’s Channel 4 Drama Screenwriting course, 4Screenwriting, with our own Laurence Clark scooping a place.

Over the last 11 years 4Screenwriting has been an invaluable course within the industry, creating the right conditions for new talent to flourish. The course reflects the channel’s commitment to finding and nurturing new voices and is a hothouse for writers to discover their own paths to making great television.

Since 2011, 4Screenwriting has scouted and worked with over 130 new writers, many of whom have gone on to enjoy notable screening writing success. The list of alumni includes screenwriters such as; Charlie Covell (The End of the Fucking World, Banana); Anna Symon (Indian Summers, Mrs Wilson, The Essex Serpent), Theresa Ikoko (Rocks), Nathaniel Price (Noughts & Crosses, Tin Star, The Offenders) Adam Usden (Zero Chill), Namsi Khan (His Dark Materials, Humans), Chandni Lakhani (The Dublin Murders, Vigil).

Recent success stories include 4Screenwriting alumni writing on C4 drama shows, including Hollyoaks, Ackley Bridge, On The Edge, and the forthcoming Screw; several of the course projects are going into active development with Channel 4 Drama; writers with their own, authored shows, on established series going into production or in writers rooms with ITV, BBC, Channel 5, Sky, Netflix, Amazon, Disney+, etc.

From almost 4,000 applications, the 12 writers that were selected and completed the 2021 course were: Laurence Clark, Jeffrey Aidoo, Lisa Carroll, Patricia Cumper, Thara Popoola, Martha Reed, Owen Richards, Emilie Robson, Hannah Shury-Smith, Amy Trigg, Will Truefitt and Jingan Young.

Laurence Clark is a prolific writer. In 2018 he joined the writing team for episodes of ITV's Coronation Street. His first play, ‘Cured’ about a group of young disabled people who rebel whilst on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. It won an Unlimited commission, and is being developed as a full production by Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre. He has completed Channel 4’s Commissioner Mentoring Scheme and his drama series ‘Help’ about two disabled parents who control their own support, based on personal experience, has been optioned by Lime pictures. He has written and performed in his first short film, Tick Box for 104 Films which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017. Together with Matt Holt, he was commissioned by Channel 4 to write a sitcom pilot called ‘Intolerable’ which they’re now developing with Objective Fiction.

All writers received motivational, creative and practical advice to kick-start their careers with talks from high-profile writers, producers, directors and members of the Channel 4 commissioning team. These included Russell T Davies, Theresa Ikoko and Anna Symon, and from the Channel 4 Drama team; Gemma Boswell (Head of Development) and Rebecca Holdsworth (Drama Commissioning Executive).

In addition, the writers received the expertise and guidance of their own script editors whilst developing their own original one-hour drama or drama serial. Once completed, the scripts were assigned to actors to read sections, followed by discussion and analysis.

Head of Channel 4 Drama, Caroline Hollick said: “4Screenwriting is an integral part of Channel 4 Drama’s commitment to finding, nurturing, and developing new talent. With the stellar support of Philip Shelley, the scheme has consistently found original and distinctive voices and this year is no exception. The team and I are excited to support these exceptional writers on the next steps of their career and see them flourish in the industry.”

Laurence Clark scoops Channel 4 Drama 4Screenwriting course Laurence Clark scoops Channel 4 Drama 4Screenwriting course

News story posted on 12-07-2021 09:00

Tape Face: Cover star of Vegas Vibe Magazine

Tape Face is the Cover Star of Las Vegas Vibe Magazine, along with accompanying article ‘Ingenious Comedy That Really Sticks’;

Part mime, part prop comic, Tape Face presents extraordinary acts of comical genius that are strangely inventive and thoroughly engaging. His highly creative, witty performance art keeps audiences waiting in anticipation to see what astounding peculiarity he’ll pull off next. 
Never uttering a word—mostly due to the wide strip of black tape covering his mouth—New Zealander Sam Willis, aka Tape Face, incorporates the simplest of objects into his act. From balloons and a pingpong ball, to oven mitts and a Rubik’s cube, he imaginatively employs everyday items to perform clever, farcical bits of hilarity that fill the showroom with enthusiastic laughter and applause. 

Tape Face first drew attention in 2016 during his outlandish performances in the Season 11 competition of “America’s Got Talent,” for which he earned finalist status. The following year, the blossoming comic did two limited-engagement stints at the Flamingo on the Las Vegas Strip and was then signed for a three-year residency at Harrah’s Las Vegas in 2018.

With impeccable comedic timing, an array of perfectly suited music and songs, and uproarious audience interaction, Tape Face is brilliantly imaginative and charming. Chocked full of unexpected displays of the odd and absurd, his 75-minute performance keeps showgoers in a constant state of expectation as he introduces his unique, refreshing interpretations of the ordinary. And, with an added touch of resourceful weirdness, he ensures an eruption of laughter from crowds at every turn.'

Written by Carla J. Zvosec

Catch Tape Face at Harrah’s, Wednesday to Sunday every week.

Tape Face: Cover star of Vegas Vibe Magazine