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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 September, 2003, 12:22 GMT 13:22 UK
Search begins for screenwriters
Billy Elliott
Billy Elliott was a huge box office hit
Budding screenwriters are being sought in an effort to capitalise on the growing popularity of the north-east of England as a film location.

Northern Film & Media, which develops movie projects across the region, is behind a new course aimed at boosting the writing skills of prospective screenwriters.

The organisations has drafted in the Newcastle-based Centre for Lifelong Learning, to host the course, as part of a move to make basic screenwriting training available to people from all walks of life.

The course, Following the Script, is being run by experienced writer Barry Stone, who is offering practical support throughout the 20-week course.

It is hoped the course will unearth screenplays similar to those which resulted in big-budget film successes such as Billy Elliott.

Tom Harvey, chief executive of Northern Film & Media, said: "Given the quality of the course and the tutor's credentials, we're hopeful that it will stimulate some real writing talent in the region.

"Northern Film & Media is committed to finding the talent of the future across the region and this course is an ideal opportunity to unearth some stars, as well as offer support to people who want to start transforming their stories for the screen."

Tim Crocker, programmes co-ordinator for the Centre for Lifelong Learning, said: "This is an excellent opportunity for anyone in the North East interested in writing for film."

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