Film-makers in the frame

FOUR movie fans are putting their creative talents to the test in a London-wide film competition. And you can vote for the best. Film London s Best of Borough Film Awards aims to discover and celebrate the capital s film-making talent of tomorrow and has

FOUR movie fans are putting their creative talents to the test in a London-wide film competition.

And you can vote for the best.

Film London's Best of Borough Film Awards aims to discover and celebrate the capital's film-making talent of tomorrow and has picked a short film from each of 13 boroughs.

Milk Watch, a comedy operetta about crime-fighting milkmen, by Michael Taylor, represents Newham.


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Matt Compton's Bubbling Under, a twisty horror, is Redbridge's selection.

And Still Life, a drama about the effects of a murder, by brothers Kuvera and Nelson Sivalingham, represents Barking and Dagenham.

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Michael, 27, of Manor Park, persuaded members of the acclaimed London Gay Men's Chorus to star in his film, set just off the Romford Road in Manor Park.

He runs a small production company, Big Face Art, and says: "I wrote the film with a friend, who is a musician. My background is in music, but I've made films as a hobby.

"Film is the only thing you can make which can incorporate all the different creative disciplines, like art, music and drama.

"It is an honour to be asked to compete in this."

Matt, 32, is a former pupil of, now media and film studies technician at, Trinity High School, Woodford Green.

He has been making movies for about three years.

In Bubbling Under, his main character, Will, is unemployed, desperate, with a bedridden wife. At a job interview from hell, we begin to see the cracks in his perception of reality.

Matt says: "I don't really know where the idea for the story came from. I like the idea that anyone can be harbouring some deep, dark secrets and I like the idea of reversing the audience's expectations."

His film stars rising horror movie actress Axelle Carolyn.

He is delighted to be in the final of the competition and says: "My ultimate ambition is to be making films as a career. I see myself making my first feature in about a year's time."

Kuvera, 28, and Nelson, 21, have been making films together since they were children.

The former Eastbury schoolboys, who live in Barking, chose to make their film about gang culture in the Sri Lankan community.

Kuvera, who works in accounting, said: "There have been a number of deaths in the London Sir Lankan community relating to crime, but they get very little news coverage.

"Because of something that happened in our family, we decided to focus on the issue and try to highlight it."

"We advertised for actors and held auditions and we wrote about five different versions of the film before we were happy with it."

His brother, Nelson, 21, is at Aston University.

Two cash prizes, of �2,000 each, are available to the winner of the jury award and the audience award.

All the films can be seen on Film London's website, www.filmlondon.org.uk/bobs and voting ends on Monday.

The winner will be announced on July 6.

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