Archive for November, 2015

Desperately Seeking Pudsey – Children In Need

BBC Midlands Today presenter Nick Owen has been seeking the ever-so-elusive Pudsey Bear all over Birmingham City centre and BBC Birmingham cameras captured the great bear hunt in a short video montage.

As Nick hunts high and low to the sounds of Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Pudsey can be seen taking in the city sights wandering around the Library of Birmingham, Victoria Square, Brindleyplace, Villa Park and Grand Central.

Running into Mr Khan, Daleks, Mrs Tembe (Lorna Laidlaw) and Jimmi Clay (Adrian Lewis Morgan) along the way it’s a great showcase for Birmingham and celebrates the fantastic total raised this year for the charity.

As those that took one of the Birmingham TV & Film Location walking tours, run in conjunction with Film Birmingham, will be aware the tours have also been raising funds for Children in Need this year by operating as a free event with a suggested donation to the charity. The total raised from the generous donations from all tours in 2015 was £254.

Huge thanks to all that donated to the tour fund raising and an even bigger thank you to everyone that helped this years Children in Need raise a record breaking total.

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Titanic Love continues on the awards trail

Since its release in April 2012 the short film Titanic Love has continued to be nominated for and win plenty of awards and that trend continues a full three years after it’s original release.

Titanic Love, a short film by Darlaston producer Mark Pressdee, was filmed in November 2011 on and around the canals of Birmingham and it’s since picked up awards across the globe.  On Thursday 12th November 2015 it could further add to that award list as it’s been nominated in three categories at the Royal Television Society Midlands Awards at a ceremony at the National Motor Cycle Museum in Birmingham.

The second nomination in the Best Acting Performance (Male) category goes to Alex Edwardson, who plays Jack. Jack is annoyed with his girlfriend’s obsession with ‘the boat’ but wants an easy life so goes along with it.

The final nomination is for director Mark Pressdee in the Best New Talent (Writer/Director/Producer) category.  Inspired by a Titanic exhibition in the Black Country, Mark has picked up on the Midlands connections with the Titanic story to a short comedy that delivewrs a contemporary spin on the famous story.

You can check on the success of the film at the awards on the official Titanic Love website or the movie’s Facebook page and you can find out about any other future screenings of the short 23 minute short or it potential release on DVD.

Great to see Birmingham on film again and with such a Birmingham based cast and crew too. The movie seems to be making a huge impression worldwide, which can only be good news for the city.

Best wishes to the Titanic Love nominees at the RTS Midlands awards, I hope they continue to add to their growing award list.

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