Spotlights: Screenwriting - 5 November 2014

Whirlygig Cinema’s Spotlights is a short film night that shines a light on the work and practice of outstanding new filmmakers.

Every month, three emerging filmmakers are given just 30 minutes each to screen and talk about their films, providing a gripping insight into their background, ideas and filmmaking process. At the end of the night they take part in a Q&A, giving audiences the chance to probe further.

Taking place on the first Wednesday of every month, each event is inspired by a particular theme or genre. From animation to art, screenwriting to sci-fi, Spotlights strives to create a regular meeting place for filmmakers and film-lovers, showcasing handpicked film talent in a relaxed and intimate environment.

Spotlights in November will focus on screenwriting, featuring writer-directors Zak Klein, Dee Meaden and Paul Murphy, who will each present a selection of their script-driven shorts.

Doors 7pm / Films 7.30pm. Tickets £5 Door / £4 Advance / £3 WhirlyBadge holders & Picturehouse members

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Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy is an award-winning director and writer. His Film London funded drama STOP has had enormous international success, winning two Best Actor Awards, playing in seventeen festivals, and was Rankin’s Collabor8te ‘Film of the Week’. CROSSED LINES, his first short, was funded by RTE/Film Base short film scheme and had a successful run on lrish television. NEXT!, an online comedy series he directed with Haiste and Lawrence, is currently nominated for a British Comedy Award. Clients include Saatchi & Saatchi, Auspicium, Volkswagen, Barclays, The SundayTimes, The Times, and Unilever.

Dee Meaden

Dee Meaden is a writer, director and producer. Having trained as an artist and had work exhibited at galleries such as Gasworks and The Photographers Gallery, Dee has worked in film for ten years, and her credits include a number of award-winning shorts and a large and varied collection of commercials. Her work has screened at numerous festivals including The BFI London Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Raindance, Aesthetica and Encounters. Dee has recently completed work as Writer, Director and Producer on her short film SOME THINGS MEAN SOMETHING for Film London. She is currently writing a feature script of the same name and developing other shorts.

Zak Klein

Zak is a scriptwriter and director based in London. He made his first film aged 17 - a stoner comedy largely derivative of Spaced. Since then he has completed a BA in English with Creative Writing at UEA (mentored by Giles "Last King of Scotland" Foden) followed by a Scriptwriting MA at Goldsmiths. Zak didn't like the MA much, but continued making films. His 3 recent short films have screened at a total 25 festivals across Europe and America, have won 4 awards and been featured Vimeo Staff Pick and Short of the Week on Hunger TV. The Elevator Pitch was a finalist for Sundance London's short film prize 2014. Zak has just finished writing a Sci-Fi feature film, and is looking for work in production. Feel free to offer him some.