Paul Fraser 'Heartlands' Q&A Writers' Screening

Writer and director Paul Fraser will lead a writers’ Q&A screening of his 2002 feature Heartlands. The film will be introduced by Fraser (Dead Man’s Shoes; A Room for Romeo Brass; Somers Town) and will be followed by a Q&A.

The tender, downbeat comedy is very much Fraser’s project – written by him from his own idea – and the screening and Q&A will allow delegates to take part in an exploration of how to generate and develop story ideas and ten bring them to the big screen.

Directed by Damien O'Donnell (East is East), Heartlands stars Michael Sheen, Mark Addy, Jim Carter, Celia Imrie, and Ruth Jones. Gentle Colin 'Col' Lawes (Sheen) happily leads a quiet life, running a news agency with his spoiled-rotten wife Sandra and playing competition darts in the Athletic Arms team. Colin catches her committing adultery with team captain Geoff, a cop, who pretends Colin abused her. Col is thrown off the team just after it qualified for the league finals in Blackpool. Col hops aboard his moped and sets off to track her down, encountering a string of colourful characters along the way.

When: Wednesday 26 March, 11.15am – 1.30pm. (Registration will be from 11.00am for a prompt start at 11.15am. Please note that we reserve the right to refuse entry to those who arrive late.)

Where: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Cinema, Level 1), Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA

Thanks to the support of our funders there is no charge for this event, however a £7.50 attendance deposit applies. This deposit will be refunded the day following the event to eligible delegates who have attended the whole of the event and should clear back into your bank accounts within four working days at most. Please note that we reserve the right to refuse entry or the return of deposits to those who arrive late.

To register please click here.

Payments are processed via PayPal and may be made either with a PayPal account or with credit/debit card. We regret that we are unable to invoice or take payment by cheque. Please note that cancellation refunds cannot be made within a week of the events (i.e. after 11am on Wed 19 March).

You may register for more than one place at a time but are asked to provide individual registration information for each guest. This is required by our funders as a condition of their subsidy of this event. If we receive multiple registrations in the same name we will contact you for the missing information and admission is contingent on our having received this information.

This screening-and-Q&A is an open-to-all part of a three-day project development workshop for professional writers with Paul Fraser, running from 26-28 March. For more about the workshop and how to apply to take part click here. Anyone accepted on to the three-day workshop will have their deposits for this screening returned straight away, so please do not hesitate to register even if you are thinking of applying for the workshop as well.

About Paul Fraser

Paul Fraser and Shane Meadows began their careers with a trilogy of films about life in their East Midlands hometown: Twenty Four Seven (1998); A Room for Romeo Brass (1999); and Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2001).

Other screenwriting credits of Paul’s include Heartlands (Damien O’Donnell, 2002), Somers Town(Shane Meadows, 2008), My Father the Liar, and Tube Tales (Bob Hoskins, 2000) Dead Man’s Shoes (Shane Meadows, 2003).

As a Director Paul has made several shorts including the award-winning Scummyman (2006) and directed his first feature film, My Brothers, in 2011. He has also directed music videos for artists including the Arctic MonkeysTired Pony and PlanB. 

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