Mary Kershaw

Mary J. Kershaw – Production

Duchy Parade Films Ltd
20 Glebe Road  Harrogate
North Yorkshire  HG2 0LZ UK
T & F: +44 (0)1423-526835
E: MJEKershaw@aol.com
WEBSITE: www.duchyparadefilms.com

PRODUCTIONS MANAGED FOR DUCHY PARADE FILMS LTD

THE LAST COINER
2007 seeking European co-production for THE LAST COINER drama feature film. Script developed through MEDIA’S Katapult Workshops 2006 in Budapest, Hungary. Production development through MEDIA’s “European Films Crossing Borders-07”, Berlin, Germany 2007. Script development supported in the UK by Film Fund (Skillset) and Regional Film Agency, Screen Yorkshire.

SONATA
Co-production feature film in development with Eastern European producer/studio. Investment from Screen Yorkshire, UK. 2007

WHITE CROW
Horror/Fantasy feature film in script development. 2007.

CINEMA OF HORROR
In pre-production. Short feature for cinema a dark comedy inspired by the Far East’s cinema extreme.

GaMEPLAY 2
In pre-production. Short HD animation/live-action film about computer-gaming, bullying and domestic violence. Working with Bradford University 2006/07.

COUNTERFEIT HISTORY
Completed 2007, 26 min. creative documentary. How to make a fictional story from a factual tale.

MAKING THE LAST COINER ART NOVEL
2006. A series of short films for the Internet featuring The Last Coiner actors. Web addresses – YouTube, www.thelastcoiner and Myspace.

THE DARK LANTERN
A dark tale before bed. Starring international actor David Soul. An innovative animation/live-action drama commissioned by Tyne Tees Television & NFM from Duchy Parade Films. Broadcast on ITV as a Pilot for a network TV series.

SPIRIT OF THE AGE
A music video for the 70’s Space Rock band Hawkwind featuring Matthew Wright.

WILFRED
 
The first UK 35mm film to be post-produced in its entirety using the digital intermediate process, completed in Denmark and launched at Cannes International Film Festival 2000. 35mm film cinema short about the poet Wilfred Owen. Innovative mixed media combining animation and live-action with actors Sir Derek Jacobi, Edward Fox, Michael Higgs and poet Tony Harrison. Distributed by Apollo Cinema chain and independent cinemas around the UK and screened in festivals at Cannes, Montreal, Philadelphia, British Short Film Festival, Raindance, Kino, Bradford and Leeds. Broadcast on ITV’s Northern Network. WILFRED is now distributed by Britshorts.

BEGIN, AND CEASE
screened around the world at film festivals. Distributed by the British Council. Funded by Yorkshire Arts. DoP Giles Nuttgens. Award winning short drama about death. Director/writer & producer for Claro Films. Shot & edited on 16mm film

THE LAST COINER
Adapted full-length feature screenplay from the graphic novel The Last Coiner published in 2006 as writer/director with investment from The Arts Council England, Yorkshire.

INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXPERIENCE:

VISIONS OF VILNIUS & YORKSHIRE
Visions International Exchange (2005) for intermediate filmmakers from Yorkshire and Lithuania. Programme of screenings, script training, networking and cross-cultural dialogue. Investment from The British Council, Screen Yorkshire, NMPFTV, Lithuanian Ministry of Culture & Sports and MEDIA DESK in Vilnius.

CULTURAL INTERPRETATION SEMINAR
One of three seminar leaders delivering a seven-day course in Vilnius, Lithuania.

HERITAGE AND ARTS STUDY TOUR
Based in Łodz, Poland looking at presentation of arts and culture across a range of media.

Currently, studying the French Language at Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK.

AWARDS:

WILFRED Royal Television Society NE Award for Best Independent Production by an Independent Producer & the One North East Trophy for Best Independent Production by an Independent Producer & Sony Cinematography Award 2001. Audience award Wood Green Film Festival 2003. FAREWELL TO THE PALACE Winner of Sandford St. Martin, 1993-95. THE ABC OF CHRISTIAN HERITAGE Royal Television Society Award winner in 1995 & 1996 and Andrew Cross Award in 1998. BEGIN, AND CEASE at the Chicago International Film Festival in 1993.

EDUCATION:
Master of Arts Degree (MA)
University College London, Department of History

Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA)
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA USA
Major: English Literature, Minors: Urban Studies and Archaeology
Graduated Magna Cum Laude with Distinction in the Major
Honours & Awards: Elected to Phi Beta Kappa chapter at U of Penn, Dean’s List
 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Company Secretary for Duchy Parade Films 1997- present
Interviewing member of University of Pennsylvania Secondary School Committee.

Previously had accreditation for Cannes in 2000.

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