Crew Roles for Sussex Indie Feature

I’m working with Gielgud Films on their latest feature film, A Book About Her

I have joined the film as Assistant Producer & Production Manager

We are currently hiring five roles under the UK Government Kickstart Scheme.

Five roles:
Storyboard Artist, Assistant Animator, Assistant Film Editor, Assistant Screenwriter, PR & Social Media Assistant

This debut British feature film, from award-winning Writer/Director Suzanne Gielgud, is a coming of age story that follows 18-year-old Sophie’s journey to become a writer. As Sophie discovers her muse, 19-year-old rebel Evie, she finds herself caught in the middle of a conflict between her LGBT beliefs and the church.
Filming August 2021 in Sussex

Available Roles

These are paid roles for 6-month work placements starting 21 June 2021

Placements are onsite in Sussex-based office or work from home

  • Storyboard Artist
  • Assistant Animator (2D)
  • Assistant Film Editor
  • Assistant Screenwriter
  • PR & Social Media Assistant


These roles are being filled under the UK Government Kickstart Scheme. To be eligible, applicants must be aged 16-24 and be on Universal Credit. We are especially interested in Film School Graduates or those with some industry experience.


Contact to register your interest. You will be provided with more information on how to apply through your Job Centre.

Virtual Pub Quiz tonight

Monthly fundraising pub quizzes with Action On The Side



Join me for the first Action On The Side fundraising pub quiz

Raising funds for ActionAid UK and Me Too, the short film I am co-producing with Aude Konan

The questions were written by one of my students as part of their work experience.

We are running a series of monthly pub quizzes. Each one will raise funds for a charity and a specific film.

Sign Up Now

More Hiding News

Hiding has received a Special Jury Award in the International Short Film Category from Golden Sparrow International Film Festival, February 2021, India

Golden Sparrow Film Festival Facebook Page

In the Uruvatti Film Festival February 2021, India, Hiding won best International Short Film and Best Producer – Short Film

Best television shows

Recently I’ve been thinking about what would be on my top 5 list of TV shows

If you’re asked objectively “what are the best TV shows of all time?”, then surely you are talking about which shows were seminal and changed the landscape of television for all time…

Let’s see

  • Happy Days
  • Star Trek
  • Doctor Who
  • NYPD Blue
  • Friends
  • The Simpsons
  • The Sopranos
  • Sesame Street
  • 60 Minutes
  • Popstars (which gave rise to the Americas Got Talent style shows and reality TV follow a pop band being out together, two massive phenomenons)
  • Crimewatch, America’s Most Wanted
  • Band of Brothers, Game of Thrones, Lost
  • Coronation Street

What do you think?

But, if I am asked subjectively, “What are your favourite TV shows of all time?”, then that has to be a list of rewatchability, where every episode is gold…

  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer
  • Supernatural
  • QI
  • Community
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine
  • The Good Place
  • Would I Lie To You
  • Black Books
  • Avatar The Last Airbender

Then that list is somewhat more difficult to get down to only 5

What would be in your Top 5 Television Shows? Subjectively and Objectively

Directing award for HIDING

Congratulations to Nirusha Wijaymohan

WINNER Debut Filmmaker of Short Film

She won Debut Filmmaker of Short Film in the Gona Film Festival (India)

HIDING has also been accepted into the UK Asian Film Festival 2021

Where to download screenplays

When I did the Producing Masterclass in 2012, Stephen Follows told attendees to read 100 produced screenplays then 100 unproduced screenplays, and then good writing will jump off the page.

I, like many other screenwriters and producers, have a Dropbox folder with hundreds of produced screenplays, ready to read. I shared these with my HND students. I also have a tracking spreadsheet of which ones I have read.

I can recommend Stephen’s advice: read screenplays.

Are you a writer? read screenplays

Are you a producer? read screenplays

Are you a director? read screenplays

Are you studying film? read screenplays

Are you a DOP? … you don’t need to read screenplays. Go out and shoot something.

But, where do you find these scripts?

Here are a few links…

BBC Writers Room Script Library
for BBC TV, Radio, and Film scripts

Script Slug

The Script Lab
free account to access

Indie Film Hustle

Simply Scripts

The Internet Movie Script Database

John August

Screenplays for you

Go Into The Story


Awesome Film

The Screenplay Database

Movie Scripts and Screenplays

Horror Lair

When downloading screenplays, make sure you access the .pdf versions, not transcripts.

Transcripts have been written after the film has been released. You want to see what was written before the film was shot.

.pdfs also give you the page number. This helps you to understand structure by page number (especially if referencing some of the scriptwriting gurus with their “this action happens on page number…”)

However, if you just want to read the screenplay online without worrying about page numbers, .htmls will be fine.

Shorts on Letterboxd

If you’re making short films, you need to watch short films.

I haven’t written a blog post on Letterboxd and how much I have taken to using it (yet), but until I do, I thought I would share these useful lists I am using to watch short films.

Letterboxd logo
Letterboxd: Your Life In Film

Got 15 minutes to spare?

Alter: short horror films

Dust: short sci-fi films

Crypt TV: short horror films (1)

Crypt TV: short horror films (2)

Horror Shorts (1-10 minutes)

Letterboxd’s top 250 rated short films of all time

Pixar Sparkshorts

I’m also working my way through a Ranker list of Truly Scary Short Films You Can Creep Out To On YouTube Tonight

These lists help me to focus my short film watching. How do you pick which shorts to watch?

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