Be motivated by those who say it can’t be done
Be motivated by those who say it can’t be done
Broken Scar Productions (BSP) is an independent film and media production company based in Darlington, North East England.
BSP try to produce projects, including short and feature length films, that are entertaining, thought provoking and hopefully outweigh any budget constraints by using our initiative, imagination and gut instincts. We also aim to utilise the stunning regional locations of which we are fortunate enough to have an abundance of.
We have some great projects, past, present and pencilled in for the future and by perusing this site we hope you will find something that you will want to see, or may even spark your imagination. If anything catches your eye, or there are any questions you want to ask, just get in touch via the Contact page.
The main project for 2019 is our new feature film "Sparrowhawk". The film is now finished and we are presently entering various film festivals and hoping to find a distibution deal for our gritty little thriller.
I grew up in Darlington, County Durham and still live nearby, feeling lucky and privileged to live in this exciting, beautiful part of the world where so many interesting and inspirational things happen. I started writing a punk rock fanzine "Out of Control" when I was a teenager ,which featured great bands of the time such as Crass, the Wall, the Lurkers and local heroes No Future UK. After being sidetracked by motorbikes, music and all the usual kind of distractions for a few reckless years I returned to writing a music and political based fanzine "Inkslinger" with my old mate Gary Wilkinson. We featured fantastic bands of that era such as the Wedding Present and the Shamen and Inkslinger brought us a tiny moment of infamy when we turned down an exclusive interview with the Stone Roses weeks before they became the biggest band of the decade! Inkslinger was also featured in a book about fanzines, mainly because we had written what the author believed was the most scathing review he had ever read (sorry Celestial Orgy but you were pants).
Following another hiatus due to travelling the world on a shoestring, meeting my partner Cath and starting a family, blagging a first class degree in Environmental Technology from Durham University and landing a job as a quarry inspector I returned to writing and began to dabble with ideas for novels. It was then that I was contacted by a crazy Swiss Barrister named Andy Gross who asked me to write the screenplay for his equally crazy movie "The Last Blast". Hopefully Andy and I are not quite finished working together yet and another equally crazy project will eventually come to light one day soon. Writing the Last Blast led me to write further short and full length scripts for other people and eventually created the desire to direct. My directorial debut was the short film "The Sign "(2009) followed by another short "Rise of the North Star" (2011) and eventually led to my first full length project "Damaged Goods" (2013). All of these projects were made with .budgets that ,in reality, are considered to be, minuscule, however, that doesn't detract from the sense of pride we have towards these stories that we have brought to life. Following the release of Damaged Goods we put together a concept trailer for another full length feature "Last Fuel for Miles" (2015) which remains to be made. However, thanks to an amazingly kind benefactor and generous folk who helped with a Kickstarter campaign we managed to get the funds to make our latest full length feature project "Sparrowhawk" which is intended to be released later in mid 2018.
I have also written a novel "Down in the Dark" (published 2010) and intend to publish my next novel "The Secret of Feedback" in 2018.
A few "behind the scenes" shots of some of our projects....
Lots of great things happening recently which we thought we would share with you.
Sparrowhawk won its first award - Los Angeles Indiefest Award of Merit in Film making. This makes us both happy and very proud.
We have also started filming our short film “The Curator” with one of my all time heroes - Derek Griffiths (Man Down, Coronation Street and of course Playaway). I am so happy to report that regardless of the old adage never meet your heroes Derek was the perfect gent, great to work with, no ego, happy to talk to anyone and hilarious to boot- a pure pleasure and something we hope to repeat.
Sparrowhawk was shown at the Keswick Film Festival and got a great reception from the crowd at the beautiful Theatre on the Lake. I was also asked (and honoured) to hand out some of the Osprey awards alongside the amazing James Gardner (Jellyfish) including giving the award for Best Student Award to Alana Barton for her amazing 3 minute short Cake?- surreal, funny and beautiful to watch (and hear)