❉ Kate Robbins stars in a blackly comic, Blackpool-set thriller about a psychic medium who is kidnapped by a woman desperate to contact someone on the “other side”.
Washed-up celebrity psychic Valerie Hope is kidnapped by Kim, a woman desperate to make contact with someone on the “other side”. As the two women spend the evening in an
abandoned B&B, it becomes clear that both of them have something to hide… But which one is telling the truth, and which is bluffing for their life? And who is trying to reach them from beyond the grave?
Featuring brilliant performances by Kate Robbins (Dinnerladies) and Sinead Parker (Norris & Parker), The Other Side With Valerie Hope is the second short film from writer/directors Lucy Barrick and Kieran Grant. A black comedy thriller set in off-season Blackpool, the film was produced by Andrea Farrena for Creative England and BFI with the support of Flare Studio. The director of photography James Rhodes (Notes on Blindness) and editor Sarah Peczek previously collaborated on the Oscar-nominated short film Shok. The Other Side With Valerie Hope was shot in Blackpool and London in September 2017 and has just begun its run on the international festival circuit.
KATE ROBBINS (Valerie Hope) is an actor, comedian, singer and songwriter. She came to prominence in the early 1980s when she scored a No.2 hit with the song “More Than in Love” while she was appearing in the TV series Crossroads. She went on to become a prolific voice actor, most notably for the satirical show Spitting Image.
Kate’s TV and film credits include Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies (1998-1999), Where the Heart is (2001), Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights (2002), MirrorMask (2005), Touch Me, I’m Karen Taylor (2007) and Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom (2012).
SINEAD PARKER (Kim Savage) is an actor, writer and comedian. She is one half of comedy duo Norris & Parker, whose 2016 Edinburgh Show See You at the Gallows was featured in the Guardian’s Top Ten Comedy Shows for that year. Sinead trained at Manchester Met, and her theatre credits include The Demolition Man (Bolton Octagon), Doctor Faustus (Royal Exchange, Manchester), The Best (Bolton Octagon), White Night (Sale, Waterside) and Sanctuary from the Trenches (Dunham Massey).
LUCY BARRICK & KIERAN GRANT (Writer/Directors) made The Lights, a short film starring Bradley Walsh and Joseph Kloska, as part of the BFI Film London slate in 2015. The Lights has screened at several festivals, including the East End Film Festival, Oxford International Film Festival, and the BAFTA-qualifying Leeds International Film Festival. It won Best Production Design at Unrestricted View Film Festival and Best Supporting Actor for Walsh at the Portsmouth International Film Festival.
ANDREA FARRENA (Producer) has produced documentaries and feature films across Europe, Asia and the US. Early in her career, she worked on a number of short films that went on to gain critical acclaim on the international festival circuit. These projects include The Lights in 2015.
Andrea’s short Red Sands – a thought-provoking insight into Spanish culture and bull fighting – became the first ever documentary to benominated for Best British Short at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs). Alongside producing online content and events for high-end brands, Andrea has developed a slate of feature films and TV pilots under the umbrella of Farrena Films, including black comedy The Killers.
JAMES RHODES (Director of Photography) has recently completed his first feature as DOP, the drama Field of Blackbirds, following his work as second-unit cinematographer on the acclaimed Notes on Blindness. His other work includes the short films Shok, which was Oscar nominated in 2016, and The Lights.
❉ News source: Keiran Grant/Ferrena Films
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