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The Violators (15) with Director, Producer & Actor Q&A

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 - 7:00pm
 
Novelist Helen Walsh's first feature sees her write & direct a northern story, set and made in the North West.When Shelly (Lauren McQueen) meets Rachel (Brogan Ellis), two cysfunctional girls from radically opposed backgrounds set off on a collision course that will leave one of them shattered, the other reborn.
 
 
 
 
"Six months into the year it's time to start thinking about the best films of 2016, and The Violators is comfortably up there." The Arts Desk 
 
"...well acted, forthright and confident in the universe it creates." The Guardian 
 
 
"This dark slice of contemporary British drama deserves some serious attention." HeyUGuys
 
"It is rare that a film can take your breath away but Helen Walsh’s The Violators does just that with a relentless and uncompromising view of life in a northern England sink estate." Addicted to Media 
 
Presented in collaboration with Red Union Films & Bulldog Films
 
UK / 97 minutes / 2015 / Cert: 15 / Released by Bulldog Film Distribution 
 
 
Violators Q&A Panel
 
Helen Walsh - Writer / Director
 
Helen Walsh was born in Warrington in 1976. She left school at 16 to go and live in Spain where she penned her first short stories about the
characters she met in the seedy underbelly of Barcelona's red light district.
 
On returning to the UK, she went to Liverpool University where she was awarded two scholarships for her writing on pornography and Queer Theory and graduated with First Class Honours. Her first novel Brass, about a female sex addict, was the recipient of a Betty Trask Award and published to great acclaim around the world. Her second novel Once Upon A Time in England won the Somerset Maugham Prize. She has written four novels in all, all of which have been published internationally. The Lemon Grove, her most recent, was a critically acclaimed best-seller. All of her work touches upon the complexities and ambiguities of female sexuality.
 
In 2014 Helen wrote and directed her first feature film, The Violators, produced by Red Union Films. Helen has been commissioned by Red Union to write and direct another original screenplay titled White Moth
 
David A. Hughes - Producer
 
Following a successful career in several notable bands including OMD, David first moved into film composing in 1986, later teaming with John Murphy for the UK feature Leon the Pig Farmer. From that time Hughes & Murphy became the UK's most prolific film composers, completing over 20 feature films in six years, including Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, which also spawned a platinum soundtrack album, and three major US studio features. 
 
In 2001 David returned from the US to work solo and opened a fully digital recording facility in the centre of Liverpool. Recent projects have included the BBC’s BAFTA nominated series Funland (receiving an RTS craft nomination), and the SKY/RHI production Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather. David is also a director of well-established Merseyside multimedia company ESP Multimedia. 
 
David was the Producer on Awaydays and Powder, Red Union Films’ successful debut features, as well as The Violators, for which he received a BIFA nomination for Producer of the Year.
 
Brogan Ellis - Actor (Rachel)
 
Brogan Ellis is a stage and screen actor who has appeared in Waterloo Road (BBC), Just Henry (ITV). The Violators marks her feature film debut. 
 
The Violators (15) screening and Q&A, takes place on Wednesday 12th October from 7pm 
 
Tickets are £4 and are available from SEE Tickets or The Continental's bar (01772 499 425)
 
Part of the wider Screen Opps event 'Making Films in Lancashire
 
 
 
   
 
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