A social fund from Glaxo Smithkline left for the community of Speke/Garston in Liverpool has been put to an unusual use…
The hilarious comedy film Under the Mud – a unique collaboration between a group of teenage first-time scriptwriters and Liverpool-based production company Hurricane Films was shot using £40,000 from the world’s biggest drug company.
After two years of workshops, the young writers produced a funny, bright and compelling script, which acclaimed actress and director, Kathy Burke described as ‘a beautiful read’ – advising them not to ‘change a word’. The film stars Drew Schofield (Scully) and Kate Fitzgerald (Brookside), and features stand up comic Keith Carter along with a host of talented new comers to the silver screen.
Shot in and around Garston, Liverpool – an area of chronic unemployment with one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe – the action takes place during a hectic twenty-four hours, and centres around the Potts household – second home to teenage slacker, Magic, who’s such a part of the furniture that his longing for the eccentric beauty Paula Potts goes completely un-noticed. To the love of his life he’s just her twin brother’s best mate.
With the family set on a course of self-destruction, aided by an old enemy of dad’s – and Paula arguing with her imaginary friend about running off to Ibiza with the local slime-ball, Magic realises that he only has a few hours to save the family, get the girl and change all of their lives forever.
‘A great achievement’ Jimmy McGovern Writer of Cracker & Hillsborough
‘A beautiful read’ Kathy Burke Director & Actress
The Gala Charity Screening in Liverpool will be at the Royal Philharmonic Hall on Friday 9th February 2007 Tickets available from Liverpool Philharmonic box office ( 0151 709 3789) or the Under The Mud website.