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By midlandsmovies, Jun 2 2020 02:41PM

Birmingham arts group Script Sirens announce debut project created during lockdown

Script Sirens is a collective of women and non-binary established and budding writers situated in the West Midlands.

Birmingham-based writers group Script Sirens are set to launch their debut project - a mini-series written and produced remotely during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The four-part dark comedy - entitled #GoingViral centres around a group of people unknowingly linked together and take bizarre approaches to survive the lockdown. Meet the Sirens here - https://scriptsirens.wordpress.com/meet-the-sirens

Script Sirens was founded in July 2019 by Scarlett Kefford. The primary aim of the group is to provide a welcoming, nurturing and safe space for women and non-binary writers of the arts to practice and hone their script writing craft with open dialogue, project feedback and collaborative projects.

With a dozen core members of all ages and experiences – writing, teaching and working in theatre, film, TV, radio and more – Script Sirens enters the new decade with a number of exciting projects in the works to share with audiences across the country.

'Going Viral' is an experiment of multimedia storytelling filmed within the restrictions of social distancing guidelines. #GoingViral is a dark comedy set in the present lockdown situation, but is not about COVID-19.

It is instead about how elements of life still continue during such crisis, for better or for worse. The series will consist of four short ‘webisodes’ released each evening on Instagram TV @scriptsirens (and then YouTube).

The first episode of #GoingViral will premiere on Script Sirens' Instagram account @ScriptSirens on Monday 8th June 2020 at 7 pm, with a new instalment to follow daily until Thursday 11th June.

Website: https://scriptsirens.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scriptsirens

Twitter: @ScriptSirens

Instagram: @ScriptSirens

By midlandsmovies, Mar 6 2018 08:09PM


New female film group Cinesisters is launching its new branch covering the Midlands area along with a

showreel showcasing the work of women film directors. The group aims to highlight highlighting the breadth of female talent available whilst addressing the industry gap in knowledge of the work of female directors.

Cinesisters is a collective of directors dedicated to supporting the creation of more films by and about women. The group currently has more than 100 members who meet in London once a month to offer each other hands-on advice and share relevant experience.

Due to many members struggling to get to London, but wanting to be part of this group a Midlands branch has now been started by Cinesister and award-winning director Rebekah Fortune.

Cinesisters was formed in response to the barriers female directors face in the film and TV industry. According to ‘Cut Out of the Picture’, the report commissioned by Directors UK in 2016 to look at female participation in the industry, just 13.6% of working film directors in the past decade were women.

Cinesisters confronts this fact. The collective supports and promotes members work and offers a place to share practical problems and successes. Members include BAFTA winners, Screen Stars of Tomorrow, Broadcast Hotshots, Breakthrough Brits and Emmy nominees.

Its members have also worked with big-hitters including BBC Films, Film4, Pathe, Canal Plus, Channel 5, Film London, Netflix and Sky.

The launch of the Cinesisters showreel is intended to showcase this incredibly talented group of women. The Cinesisters website also offers a database of members’ work as a direct response to an industry switching onto the previously untapped talent of female directors.

Any Female Director of Film, TV or Animation who is interested in doing this wonderful collective should contact wearecinesistersmidlands@gmail.com

Co-founder Claire Oakley says, “Directors don’t often meet each other but we all have a wealth of experience, it seemed crazy not to share it. Through the group we can learn from each other and support each other to get our films funded, made and released.”

The unique set up of the group is a key factor in it’s success as co-founder Nicola Mills points out. "I’ve found nothing as inspiring as this kind of peer to peer mentoring and support - the sheer amount of information and energy you can access through the Cinesisters network never fails to make me grin. Change is definitely now.”

Cinesisters members work and showreels can be seen at www.cinesisters.com

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