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Director Nick Whitfield's film, Skeletons, is a winner
Nick Whitfield
Nick Whitfield's surreal comedy has had critics declaring him a director to watch

Nick Whitfield's Skeletons scooped Best New British Feature film at this year's Edinburgh festival.

It's now on a tour of the country's independent screens,like Derby's Quad, putting Peak District locations as well as its director on the cinematic map.

Shot in Matlock Bath, the film follows the antics of a pair of hapless travelling salesmen, who peddle their own brand of spring-cleaning: clearing skeletons from clients' closets.

It's a high octane debut for its maker.

When the captain of the Starship Enterprise himself endorses your movie, you've a right to be pleased - and Sir Patrick Stewart headed the Edinburgh jury which awarded Skeletons The Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film.

Director Nick Whitfield developed the winning entry from a self-financed short with the help of E M Media, which is continuing to support him: his second feature promises to be about soldiers returning from the First World War.

Based in Bonsall, Nick chose local locations for Skeletons, but deliberately blurred the perception of period, so that the film has a timeless feel.

He'll tell you that he enjoyed walking daily through the landscape his characters inhabited on screen.

The story centres on the dubious services offered by an itinerant odd couple and was written specifically to exploit the comic charms of double-act Andrew Buckley and Ed Gaughan.

The pair go about inviting folk to give up their hidden secrets, expose their lies, bring out the skeletons of the title they may have in the closets.

Critics have been praising its originality and offbeat humour in terms likely to gladden the heart of its writer/director , and do the box office no harm at all.

A former actor himself, Nick was already familiar with the process of film-making.

That his venture into directing has met such a warm reception may confirm his current preference for being behind rather than in front of the lens.

Seems a decent deal for British cinema.




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