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How long should we live?


With our National Health Service beginning to creak under the weight of increasing numbers of senior members of society as people live longer, Pearl S Buck’s words have never been truer: Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a […]

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Film industry: if you ain’t got the money, take your broke a** home.


Originally posted on Grit Journalism:
The film, media and arts industry is facing a financial crisis. Not in box office terms, no. It’s no secret that breaking into the creative  industries is one of the hardest and most cut throat businesses one can venture in, wether you’re a creative graduate or a long term freelancer,…

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‘The Methuselah Gene’ Book Trailer now in pre-production


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THEY MADE IT! ‘KOSMOS’ IS GO!


You might recall this post I made almost two weeks ago, about an exciting new sci-fi drama project from ‘Third Contact’ creator Simon Horrocks – ‘KOSMOS’, a six-part web series. I’m very happy to say that with just a few days to go before the deadline, the target of £30,000 was met and ‘KOSMOS’ will go into production […]

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LAST TRAIN TO BUDAPEST


Originally posted on msthomason:
Last Train to Budapest (2010 dir. Lee Deaville) was a short film documenting the life of one Hungarian trying to escape the oppressive regime during the Hungarian revolution in 1956. When composing this score I tried to use traditional Hungarian folk music as inspiration, for example in the piece “Variation on…

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Why we should never give up on our dreams… why crowdfunding works


Originally posted on from here to infinity and beyond:
If someone had told my fifteen-year-old self that I would one day create an appreciation society for a favourite science-fiction show (a club which is still going strong thirty-four years later) or that I would be invited to visit the set, go to sci-fi conventions and meet authors,…

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John Simm receives Royal Television Society North West award for his performance in Prey


Originally posted on John Simm Society Blog:
Prolific North 17 Nov 2014 David Prior Full list of winners from the Royal Television Society North West awards Indies from across the region were recognised on Saturday at the Royal Television Society North West awards. Red Production Company took home the Judges’ Award and also saw performers…

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Matters of Life and Death – ‘Dr Who’ & ‘Intruders’ explore the afterlife – SPOILERS!


Television seems to have something of a fixation with matters of life and/or death at the moment, doesn’t it? Along with all the ‘zombie-fayre’. We now have ‘Intruders’ (from the novel ‘The Intruders’  by Michael Marshall Smith, adapted for television by ‘X-Files’ writer Glen Morgan) and the two-part season finale of ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Dark Matter’/’Death […]

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Into The Darkside


Originally posted on A.C. Melody:
After reading the rough draft of one of my books, my sister asked me how in the world I could stomach writing the part of my villain?  In this case, the villain happened to be human.  Yes, that matters.  There are different types of villains, but we’ll get to…

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The Key to Writing: Take Your Time


Originally posted on Tammie Painter:
In a couple weeks the mad frenzy known as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) will begin. During this month, during these 30 short days, writers are encouraged to write a novel. All I have to say is please don’t. Now before you start throwing tirades at me saying NaNoWriMo is…