High Profile Events with Industry Figures
2017 has seen David Pearson run a number of high profile events with industry figures for film students at Reading University including most recently a session on how directors work with actors with actress Kelly Macdonald (Black Mirror, Train Spotting, & No Country For Old Men) and director James Hawes (Black Mirror, Undercover & Penny Dreadful), two highly talented practitioners who generously shared their knowledge and insights in an interview with David and by them carrying out some constructive and revealing and helpful practical exercises. Other sessions have included BAFTA winning director Olivia Lichtenstein, acquisitions lead Beatrice Newmann, journalist and Film CYmru Chair Mike Gubbins, Filmdoo CEO Weerada Sucharitkul, director Ruhi Hamid and screenwriter and novelist Maurice Caldera.
BLACK CAR HOME AT THE ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL 2015
The film has been chosen for screening at th Orando Film Festival in the USA 21st -25th October. More news soon. www.orlandofilmfest.com/
My few treasures!
Following festival screenings in 2015 and six UK cinema screenings in late 2013 and early 2014, including two sell outs, a new live event for Black Car Home was held in June 2014 at the SVA in Gloucestershire. It can be done again. If you run a venue and want to host a similar event please get in touch.
'What would you take with you if you were homeless?' Jon Cleave famous as the MC and bass singer of the Fisherman's Friends and star of Black Car Home, a darkly comic fairytale set and filmed locally in Gloucestershire, explores with your help what it is like living in the back of a car, using the actual vehicle from the film. What few treasures would you keep close if you were living rough? Bring a few of your 'desert island treasures' with you to participate with Jon and discuss the stories that make them important to you.
You'll see this short cinema film directed by David Pearson, Oscar shortlisted BAFTA and Emmy Nominated producer and Director of Stroud based Arturi Films and find out how the film was made, and how you can be part of its future story as a full length feature film.
Desert Island Treasures
with Jon Cleave and the film Black Car Home
Sunday 22nd June 7.30pm
SVA, Goods Shed
Station Yard, Stroud GL5 3AP
BLACK CAR HOME SCREENED
Black Car Home, a cinema short starring Nadia Serantes and Jon Cleave (from the Fisherman's Friends) was first shown publicly in a cinema in late 2013 and had 5 further showings in 2014. Written and directed by Arturi's David Pearson and produced by Arturi's Elizabeth Morgan Hemlock and Joanna Beard, it is a darkly comic vision of life lived in the rough during winter. Post-Production Films@59 Bristol.
Black Car Home: when Tatiana, a feisty illegal Latin American immigrant, is thrown overboard and told to 'swim', she is expecting to find New York, not an isolated English coastal estuary. She is rescued from freezing weather by Nathan, a rough giant of a man who lives in a makeshift camp by the beach, and forages for food. When Nathan refuses to take her to London, Tatiana leaves him. She thinks he's a bastard and he thinks she's a 'Zwodder'! She returns, in need of his protection and as their quirky friendship grows, they share a vivid experience from a surprise visitor, which set them both free.Trail available shortly.
BEST SOUND WIN & DIRECTOR OF FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS AWARD NOMINATION
Arturi Film's David Pearson, who directed Twofour's production of Fisherman's Friends for ITV was Nominated 'Best Director and Producer ' by the Royal Television Society's West of England Awards 2012 and the programme won the Best Sound Award on the 16th February for Recordist Keith Rogerson and Mixer Jeremy Lock. The award was given in Bristol at the Cabot Centre to a packed house of TV luminaries. In January the film won the RTS Devon and Cornwall Best Network Programme Award.
The Best Network Programme award from RTS Devon and Cornwall for Twofour's production was made at a glitzy ceremony held Plymouth's Maritime Centre, with the stunning shark tanks as a background to the event! David accepted the Award on stage with Twofour Executive Producer Bridget Sneyd and AP Chris Rowe who also worked on the programme for ITV, about a new boy band with a collective age of 560! He thanked the Fisherman's Friends themselves for allowing him such spirited cooperation, his production colleagues Bridget and Chris, the crew :DOPs Jeremy Humphries and Chris Seager, sound recordist Keith Rodgerson, film editor Jimmy Edmonds and both the support team and post-production at Twofour for making the ambitious film so successful.
D & C RTS Award for Twofour's Fisherman's Friends -Director & Producer David Pearson
Best Sound Award for Fisherman's Friends Recordist Keith Rogerson and Mixer Jeremy Lock. Photo shows (left to right) Jimmy Edmonds film editor, Keith Rodgerson sound recordist, David Pearson, Director and Producer, and on the right Bridget Sneyd, Executive Producer of the production company Twofour. Dubbing Mixer Jeremy Lock couldn't attend as he was busy working on current projects.
ARTURI ANNOUNCE NEW FILM FUND TO MAKE STRONG STORIES FOR A BETTER WORLD
FILMS FORCE CHANGE - helping indi films which raise awareness of injustice, inequality and wrong doing and promote a greater understanding of the world, reach the widest global audience. For more CLICK HERE NOW
USA TV SHOWING OF MUGABE AND THE WHITE AFRICAN
See PBS Broadcast: July 26, 2011
Mugabe and the White African, much of which was filmed clandestinely, tells an alarming story from one of the world's most troubled nations. In Zimbabwe, de facto dictator Robert Mugabe has unleashed a 'land reform' program aimed at driving whites from the country through violence and intimidation. One proud 'white African,' however, has challenged Mugabe with human rights abuses under international law. The courage Michael Campbell and his family display as they defend their farm - in court and on the ground - makes for a film as inspiring as it is harrowing.
See more details of times etc CLICK HERE NOW
MISSED SEEING THE FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS?
YOU CAN VIEW THE TRAILER OF THE FILM DIRECTED BY DAVID PEARSON
"These weather-beaten hard drinking, middle-aged chums are televisual gold" - Time Out
"Charming and intimate film follows their journey to national fame" Daily Telegraph
ROYAL TELEVSION SOCIETY AWARD FOR WELSH COMPANY
For details on Mugabe and The White African CLICK HERE
What word best describes a multitude of top international film and TV awards all given to one Stroud film company in the last year? A cluster of awards? A mountain? A hamper? A harvest ? A groaning shelf? A flock? A ton? It's something that producers David Pearson and Elizabeth Morgan Hemlock of Arturi Films (based in Wales and Gloucestershire), are considering. David's solution? 'A pride'.
The company have a slate of fiction films in development inclduing the thriller, The HUM, a UK Canada Co Production, written by David Pearson and Isabelle Raynauld.
On the 10th March 2011 at a glamorous evening for the West of England Awards in Bristol they won a Royal Television Society Award for Best Documentary (see above) for Mugabe and The White African, their gripping cinema film about a farming family seeking justice from violent attacks by thugs from Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe's own political party.
David adds, 'It's been quite a year what with our BAFTA Nomination and Awards from BIFA, PRIX ITALIA, GRIERSON, CAMERA JUSTITIA and an Oscar short listing to name just some, and all very gratifying for us that so many people recognise the film's achievements and the strong emotional reactions audience have when they see it. Mind you, can you have too many awards? I guess not.'
Adds Elizabeth' It really a great compliment to everyone who worked so hard on achieving the film with us and the directors, Andrew Thompson and Lucy Bailey: its crew, post-production team, fixers in Zimbabwe and of course the Freeth and Campbell family and their lawyers who are at the centre of the film's story'.
David Pearson has just directed a film for ITV (from Twofour Productions) about a new boy band with a combined age of 560! It will be shown this spring, whilst Elizabeth is producing their own next fiction film, Hollow Point , a thriller, written and directed by Richard Parry, which she's co-producing with Michael Wearing (Edge of Darkness with Mel Gibson) with David as Exec Producer.
FILM RELEASE BRINGS GREAT REVIEWS
"Superb... Thought-provoking, distressing, shockingly tense" TIME OUT
"Unsparing..as an example of courage beyond the call, Inspiring" FT
"Excellent, moving anti-racist documentary. Stirring and never less than riveting. One of the most powerful documentaries I have ever seen". DAILY MAIL
To find out more about the film and to see trail go to:
Mugabe and the White African is on release in the USA, has been in UK cinemas since January and soon will be released in france . For screening dates and reviews see:
Mugabe & The White African, the story of how farmer Mike Campbell took Mugabe to court for racism and won the case, with five African judges finding for him on all counts, but who suffered violence and abuse as a result of his courage.
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26.1.09 | SCREENWRITERS'S FESTIVAL LAUNCH WITH ARTURI AND OSCAR TALENT
To read a report and to see photos from the recent SWF 09 Launch event led by Arturi's David Pearson with the likes of Oscar nominee David Hare, 'The Reader', in attendence and speakers such as Oscar winner Julian Fellowes; Executive Producer David Thompson, 'Revoltionary Road', and screenwriter Olivia Hetreed, 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' go to:
14.5.08 | ARTURI'S THE HUM IN CANNES -UKFC SESSION THIS WEEK
A session is being held at the UK Film Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival this week. Do come along. 1530 SUNDAY 18th May UK FILM PAVILION THE UK AND CANADA: PRAGMATIC CO-PROS FROM THE SCRIPT UP In a global business, where film production follows the money, how can co-producers keep creativity at the heart of the project? A case study of The Hum, a supernatural thriller, based on Arturi Films’ strategy of building viable English speaking co-productions in French Canada, Spain and the USA from the script upwards and with a pragmatic approach to legal and financing structures. The Hum’s writer-led approach started with French Canadian screenwriter, Isabelle Raynauld, was joined by UK writer/producer David Pearson (also Director of the Screenwriters Festival which will discuss co-pros in July). They specifically wrote The Hum as a UK/ Canada co-production with Isabelle working with leading Quebec producer Pierre Even of Cirrus (C.R.A.Z.Y and Nitro) and David with UK Producer Elizabeth Morgan Hemlock of Arturi Films (Mugabe and The White African). The writers and producers explain the benefits and joys of this approach to Screen International Editor, Michael Gubbins.
12.5.08 | SWF 2008 - big screen names in Arturi founded festival
The International Screenwriters' Festival returns in July 2008 with Jane Tranter BBC, Laura Mackie ITV and Terry Pratchett (Discworld ) among many others. The Festival Director is producer David Pearson of Arturi Films. Details of the exciting line up, with podcasts of the SWF 2007 sessions and photos, can be found at the SWF website. Last week a star studded launch was held at BAFTA in London for the SWF with leading screenwriters Bill Nicholson (Gladiator and Golden Age ) and Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park and Young Victoria) speaking and attracting a big crowd including the likes of Rory Bremner and Fenella Fielding. Book to attend SWF 2008 now. Network, Learn, Discover, Progress. www.screenwritersfestival.com
11.5.08 | MUGABE AND THE WHITE AFRICAN
A new film on a world story. Watch for more news.
25.9.07 | HEAR SCREENWRITING GREATS
Podcasts of some of the highlights of the 2007 and 2006 Screenwriters' Festival are now available on the SWF website, including Bill Nicholson, Julian Fellowes and many more. Find out what 600 delegates found so inetresting. Check it out now.
18.10.06 | GREAT FEEDBACK ON SCREENWRITERS' FESTIVAL
David Pearson of Arturi Films & Director of Screenwriter'’ Festival in association with Film Four, recently returned from the Toronto Film Festival and Strategic Partners where he and Arturi Film's Lizzie Morgan Hemlock had a successful response to their projects, also found much interest in SWF. He summarised the highly successful Festival which took place in June 2006: "We have been inundated with enthusiastic feed back about the Festival. It really seems to have caught a real demand and need from the industry- here and around the world. Thank you for your kind and supportive messages. We are now planning SWF2007 and more details can soon be found at www.screenwritersfestival.com Over 500 delegates attended, and nearly 100 speakers gave Keynote speeches, led masterclasses, and took part in panels and seminars and screenings. Highlights included sessions with Jimmy McGovern, Tony Marchant, Tony Grisoni, Olivia Hetreed, David Thompson, Julian Fellowes, Guillermo Del Toro, Nic Roeg and Paul Weiland. There were over twelve nationalities attending with people travelling from as far field as Australia, Uganda, and USA, and in Europe; Germany, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Belgium, Austria, & Ireland. We welcome inquiries from interested companies & individuals who may be able to further the aims of the Festival and its focus on improving the art craft and business of screenwriting around the world. We hope to link this to film making activities connected to the Festival before long. Delegate after delegate told us how much they enjoyed the week and said the high standards, the smooth organisation, and the friendly welcoming atmosphere at the Festival impressed them. Seeing writers fervently engaged in conversations about solving writing issues and talking stories; that they could not have elsewhere, was a real boost to me after all the efforts and hard work of the Festival team over the previous months. A highlight for me was director and writers Guillermo Dle Toro who took time out of a very hectic schedule and flew from LA specially to explain how his films like Chronos, Blade, Hellboy, and the Devils’ Backbone were written and treating us to a sneak preview of his next film Pan’s Labyrinth. The most gratifying comment I had was from one delegate who said he would recommend screenwriters considering attending the next Cannes Film Festival to come instead to the Cheltenham and the Screenwriters’ Festival as they would learn much more and have a much better time." We will publish more details with photographs on the sessions, your reactions and the Festival soon.
21.6.06 | ARTURI ORGANISED SCREENWRITERS' FESTIVAL HOTS UP
As Seen in Screen International this week- and the New Writers Day at SWF is sold out. Some places for 28th-30th June left. Programme hots up for Screenwriters Festival Staff reporters in New York 21 June 2006 With just days to go before the UK's inaugural Screenwriters Festival in Cheltenham, the organizers continue to add to the impressive roster of speakers and estimate that more than two hundred new and established screenwriters from across Britain will flock to the three-day event (June 27-30). Among the latest additions to the Festival, which is being held in association with FilmFour and is supported by Screen International among many others, is producer-director Stephen Woolley, who will discuss his approach to film adaptation. Other highlighted speakers include: Mexico's Guillermo Del Toro, hot off his acclaim in Cannes last month with Pan's Labyrinth; Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park); twice Oscar-nominated screenwriter William Nicholson (Gladiator, Shadowlands) who penned the upcoming Elizabeth I biopic The Golden Age; and Jimmy McGovern, the creator of TV series Cracker who wrote his own Tudor era historical epic, Mary Queen Of Scots, which is in pre-production for Warner Independent. For those with (slightly) more futuristic tastes, there will be James Hawes and Stephen Moffat on hand to discuss writing for the most popular UK sci-fi series ever, Dr Who, and it's spin-off Torchwood about a crack team investigating alien activities and crime in modern-day Britain. Among the more intriguing sessions is one featuring Debbie Isitt, the director of the largely improvisational Confetti talking about working with actors with little more than a storyline. Also bound to stir up discussion is Sean Steele who, on behalf of his market research company NRG, will lift the lid on the little-known world of test screenings - and their implications for screenwriting. The Cheltenham event will conclude with a curated screening of Sixty Six, Paul Weiland's semi-autobiographical account of how a boy's barmitzvah looks set to be a disaster when it coincides with the 1966 World Cup Final in England. Appropriately enough, the Screenwriters Festival finds itself taking place in the midst of the current World Cup in Germany - football games that will be shown live to delegates and speakers who crave live, unscripted dramatics. For more on the festival, www.screenwritersfestival.com
24.5.06 | ERIC CANTONA SUPPORTS FESTIVAL WITH ARTURI
Football icon Eric Cantona (seen here with Arturi Films' David Pearson the Director of SWF ) attended a lunch for the Screenwriters' Festival hosted by South West Screen‘s Caroline Norbury at the Cannes Film Festival this week. Eric, a poet himself, who is in two films being shown at the Cannes Festival, demonstrated his support for good screenplays and the Festival (which is organised by Arturi Films). Writers, producers, directors and industry supporters from eight nations at the lunch included Stephen Woolley (Stoned) , Paul Grindley Film Four, writer/director VJ Singh, UK Writers Guild Screenwriters Committee Chair Hugh Stoddart, director Helen Grace, distributor Jeffrey Erb Kindred Media, Annette Funch Thomassen from North By Northwest, & Juan Romero from Madrid based Visonaire, and Tony Brown & Neil Phelps of Coutts Bank, and they heard more details about the forthcoming Festival- which includes Nic Roeg, Julian Fellowes and Jimmy McGovern.
1.5.06 | KIDS START OPENING SEQUENCE
The first workshop in the Opening Sequence initiative started by Arturi Films for introducing school children to screenwriting was held recently in Gloucester UK. Teacher, Jenny Cameron, from Brockworth Enterprise School commented: 'They had a really good time, and talked non-stop all the way back to school about what they'd done, the ideas they'd had, and what they're going to do next…It's great that they had the opportunity to do something different - they really enjoyed themselves, and felt that they'd learned new skills, so thank you!'
30.1.06 | BILL NICHOLSON ON SCREENWRITERS AS GLADIATORS
'Being a screenwriter- It's like being a gladiator. You sit all alone in a cage for a very long time and then they throw lions at you. It's very, very tough.'
1.1.06 | ARTURI ORGANISED SCREENWRITERS' FESTIVAL ROCKS
David Pearson of Arturi Films & Director of Screenwriters' Festival in association with Film Four brought the successful Festival last week to a close and says: We have been inundated with enthusiastic feed back about last weeks' Festival. It really seems to have caught a real demand and need from the industry- here and around the world. Thank you for your kind and supportive messages. We are still counting the final figures but over 500 delegates attended, and 110 speakers gave Keynote speeches, led masterclasses, and took part in panels and seminars and screenings. Highlights included sessions with Jimmy McGovern, Tony Marchant, Tony Grisoni, Olivia Hetreed, David Thompson, Julian Fellowes, Guillermo Del Toro, Nic Roeg and Paul Weiland. There were over twelve nationalities attending with people travelling from as far field as Australia, Uganda, and USA, and in Europe; Germany, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Belgium, Austria, & Ireland. Jim Tierney of CFS Management Ltd and David Bill of The Manor By The Lake Ltd both made public commitments at the Festival to sponsor the Festival in 2007. We welcome inquiries from interested companies & individuals who may be able to further the aims of the Festival and its focus on improving the art craft and business of screenwriting around the world. We hope to link this to film making activities connected to the Festival before long. Delegate after delegate told us how much they enjoyed the week and said the high standards, the smooth organisation, and the friendly welcoming atmosphere at the Festival impressed them. Seeing writers fervently engaged in conversations about solving writing issues and talking stories; that they could not have elsewhere, was a real boost to me after all the efforts and hard work of the Festival team over the previous months. A highlight for me was director and writers Guillermo Dle Toro who took time out of a very hectic schedule and flew from LA specially to explain how his films like Chronos, Blade, Hellboy, and the Devils’ Backbone were written and treating us to a sneak preview of his next film Pan's Labyrinth. The most gratifying comment I had was from one delegate who said he would recommend screenwriters considering attending the next Cannes Film Festival to come instead to the Cheltenham and the Screenwriters' Festival as they would learn much more and have a much better time. We will publish more details with photographs on the sessions, your reactions and the Festival soon.