The Guerrier brothers' short film The Plotters will be shown in more than 200 cinemas around the UK over the next year, ahead of main features. It's one of 13 films to be selected from this year's Virgin Media Shorts competition, announced on 13 September.
“We're thrilled,” says co-writer Simon Guerrier. “It's a great testament to the brilliant cast and crew – many of whom we, er, 'borrowed' from Big Finish.” You can see the full shortlist here.
The cast includes Big Finish regulars John Dorney, Barnaby Edwards, Anthony Keetch and Nicholas Pegg, as well as Will Howells from Doctor Who Magazine. Star and co-writer Adrian Mackinder has also recorded a role in a forthcoming Sixth Doctor story to be announced in the future. Behind the scenes, the film's CGI is by Alex Mallinson with music by Matthew Cochrane.
“We're really grateful to everyone who worked so hard and gave their time for free,” says Simon.
“We're also really grateful to everyone who spread the word about The Plotters,” adds director Thomas Guerrier, “sharing the link, retweeting it and liking it on Facebook. It's great to know we've got so much support - and that's helping us as we set up our next projects...”
As well as seeing it on the big screen, you can also watch The Plotters for free online, on TV (via Virgin Media's On Demand service and its Shorts Tivo® app) and on your mobile phone (on Virgin's brand new Shorts iPhone app).
The Plotters and the other 12 selected shorts now compete for £30,000 of funding towards the production of another film, as well as other prizes that will be announced in November.
You can vote for your favourite of the shortlisted films, either on the Facebook page or by tweeting the film's name with #VMShortsVote.
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