Flickers of the Future: The Final Five
Meet the five Flickers of the Future finalists, who are currently being mentored by a professional team of scriptwriters and TV production experts, getting ready to pitch to major broadcasters.
Towards the end of last year, Flickers of the Future called for young film makers to submit their visions of a sustainable future, and we received over 100 submissions in response. From those 100, the final five have emerged! We've been bowled over by the talent and imagination of Amy, Bethan, Georgia, Jack and Sophie, and we can't wait for them to share their creative ideas with the world of broadcast and to take the next steps in their journey of bringing their visions to life.
Amy Harris - Cheesed Off
About Cheesed Off: In a rejuvenated world where animal products, fossil fuels and plastic have been outlawed, what happens to those who are having withdrawal symptoms? For those with old destructive habits, rehabilitation is required.
Originally from a council estate in Bristol, Amy has been striving to tell engaging stories from a young age. After completing an English Literature degree and a Film & TV Masters from the University of Bristol, Amy has worked for several production companies including Two Four and Films at 59, before making a slight detour up north. Studying for the NFTS Scripted Production Diploma in Leeds, Amy also participated in many filmmaking initiatives such as the BFI Weekender and the Encounters Film Festival’s ‘Widening the Lens’ programme.
Drawing from personal experience, Amy often writes and performs comedy – tackling pertinent issues such as mental illness and identity in a way that is relatable and (hopefully) pretty funny. Also making films in this vein, her shorts have been selected for such festivals as the Pinewood Lift-off Sessions and The Hothouse Theatre’s Nottingham Film Fest.
Bethan Moore - Keepers
About Keepers: In a utopic near future, competitive bee-keeping has become a cut-throat world of opulence, romance, and sex. In this insect-orientated romantic comedy, friends are betrayed, a woman is on the run from a mysterious hunter, and a young man discovers what happens when you realise you deserve better.
Bethan is an aspiring screenwriter, director and theatre maker born in the Midlands but raised travelling the world for her parents’ jobs. She has lived in Eastern Europe, East Africa and South East Asia, and settled in London after studying English Literature and Drama at the University of East Anglia. Since graduating, Bethan has written and worked on three short films.
Early in 2020 Bethan won funding from a National Youth Film organisation to write and direct her debut short, Loup Garou, an absurdist black comedy about a young woman and her relationship with her pet werewolf. The film was made to raise awareness for Pre Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder and is currently in post-production. When not writing movies, Bethan can be found watching them, reading books which she would like to make into movies, or being a benevolent mother to her army of pets.
Georgia Wagstaff - Planet B
About Planet B: When a hapless young man stumbles across a planet-sized secret, he tries to juggle two lives, two worlds, two girls: can he overcome his indecision and help save the earth, one small step at a time?
Georgia is a freelance writer, TV producer, comedy performer and Gemini. She studied English Literature at Girton College, Cambridge, and has written and performed in comedy sketch shows in London, Cambridge, and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
In 2018 she was made a Broadcast Magazine Hotshot for her TV production work. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Funny Women Comedy Writing Award, and longlisted for the Sitcom Geeks Script Challenge in 2020.
Georgia lives and works in London, and her favourite place in the city is the Ladies’ Pond on Hampstead Heath, very early in the morning. Georgia has a romantic comedy feature film in early development at a production company in the US, and hopes to move to LA in the future to become a full-time comedy writer. Her favourite TV shows are The Mighty Boosh, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks and Recreation
Jack Stanley - Natural Causes
About Natural Causes: In a near future, eco-conscious UK, a group of teens set out on a seemingly impossible mission to help their terminally ill friend fulfil her wish of completely offsetting her life by erasing her carbon footprint from the planet.
Jack is a writer based in East London, who loves presenting unique takes on contemporary topics through his work and exploring ways of creating a more eco-conscious society. After graduating from the University of Exeter, he was selected for the HighTide Academy for emerging playwrights, and his short play Modern Living was performed at HighTide Festival in 2016.
He was chosen for the 2016-17 Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab, and his debut full-length play Catastrophists had a professional production at the White Bear Theatre in 2017. He’s also written for radio, with comedy material broadcast on both BBC Radio Scotland’s Breaking the News and BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Newsjack. Most recently, Earth Hour, the play he wrote for theatre company On A Wimb which he co-founded, was shortlisted for the 2019 Les Enfants Terribles Award and ran at Maltings Arts Theatre.
Sophie Marsh - Cross the Line
About Cross The Line: In an alternate zero-waste reality, one woman must work together with her alternate self to create a greener future before their worlds disappear.
Sophie graduated from Bristol University of Western England (UWE) with an animation degree in 2014 and has since been working as a freelancer in Bristol. She loves to make short films and (in her words!) silly books. Sophie’s most recent short film, Untamed Truths, was broadcast on Channel 4 as part of the Random Acts project.
One of Sophie’s ongoing projects is Amazonimations, a collaborative research project that brings together anthropologists, artists and indigenous people living in the Amazon rainforest. So far the project has made three animated films with the Matses who live in the Loreto region.
Sophie loves to travel (as sustainably as possible) and was lucky enough to sail across the Southern Ocean on the Bark Europa. She was at sea for 50 days, visiting Antarctica and South Georgia. She was extremely seasick but says the penguins made up for it.
If you work in the TV industry and you would like to invite Amy, Bethan, Georgia, Jack or Sophie to come and pitch their ideas, please email [email protected] to book a meeting.