Stephen Woolley Film Director/Producer to become Festival Patron

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Wicked Wales International Youth Film Festival are delighted to announce that award winning Stephen Woolley Film Director/Producer is to become their Festival Patron.

The Wicked Wales Film Festival, which is an annual Festival of short films made by young and emerging film makers from Wales and all over the world and a celebration of British films, are delighted that Stephen Woolley, Academy award nominated and BAFTA winning producer, has agreed to become their Festival Patron.

Stephen is one of British cinema’s most respected independent producers, having produced over 65 films during an esteemed three-decade long career. Some of his many successes include The Company of Wolves, Mona Lisa, Scandal, The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire, Backbeat, Little Voice, Made in Dagenham and Carol.

Stephen began his career at The Screen On The Green, Islington in 1976. He went on to run and own both the infamous Scala Cinema in Kings Cross as well as distribution company Palace Pictures with Nik Powell, successfully distributing films from the likes of Mike Leigh and Ken Loach as well as international hits like Paris, Texas, When Harry met Sally and The Evil Dead.

Stephen currently partners Number 9 Films with Elizabeth Karlsen. Their latest productions include WW2 drama Their Finest, starring Bill Nighy and Gemma Arterton and The Limehouse Golem, written by Jane Goldman also starring Bill Nighy, currently in UK cinemas. Number 9’s upcoming productions include the Ian McEwan novel On Chesil Beach starring Saoirse Ronan and Colette, starring Keira Knightly.

Stephen recently met with some of the young volunteers who are part of the Festival’s planning team, from Rhyl 6th college and Film Hub Wales Young Programmers, at a BAFTA Cymru event in Anglesey.

Stephen Woolley said “I’m extremely honoured to be invited to support the Wicked Film Festival. I have seen their enthusiasm and willingness to learn and be part of the film industry and I’m impressed that such a drive to support our industry still exists and is thriving in Wales! Anything I can do to encourage this exciting organisation to bring new blood into our business will be a privilege and pleasure to oblige.”

Rhiannon Hughes Festival director said “We were all really pleased to meet Stephen and hear about his success and experiences in the industry and the personal stories behind them. Our Festival is about international young and emerging film makers, sharing their stories and short films and working with our young people in Wales. We work to inspire young people and change their lives for the better and Stephen, showing his support for them by becoming the Festival’s Patron, will help us with that goal”

Lacey Small Festival Administrator and young film maker says “Meeting Stephen was a great experience. He gave loads of useful advice to us about how to start getting into the industry and it was great to get to speak to someone who knows about film and the industry all together. It is great news that he has agreed to be our patron for the festival and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for Wicked Wales”

Hannah Raybould, Director of BAFTA Cymru said, “Having Stephen as a patron for this excellent new Welsh festival, and one of our 9 festival partners, is going to offer the young people of the area a tremendous boost. We’re so pleased that bringing the young people and Stephen together at our recent event had led to such a timely result and look forward to hearing audience’s views of his recent film, Their Finest, at our event as part of the festival fringe.”

Note: The Wicked Festival Fringe will take place between 6th -8th October at Rhyl Little Theatre’s Cinema, Wicked Cinema, before the Wicked Wales Festival 10th-14th October..

For more information please contact Rhiannon Hughes email rhiannon52@mail.com
T. 07950033429

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