The Shortlisted Projects and Their Writers

Ahead of pitching to our panel of Industry Bods on the 16th March, here are the shortlisted writers and their projects. Only 3 Finalists will be chosen from the 6 Shortlisted Projects. It’s up to the Producers of each project now to get these writers and their films through the pitching process.

Ady Hall

Ady Hall Writer of ‘Soul Funk Mixed Tape’

Adrian Hall – ‘Soul Funk Mixed Tape’

Adrian Hall has contributed a number of short film scripts to Mannin Shorts. Soul Funk Mix Tape  will be Produced by Pam Smith and Directed by Adrian Hall.

What’s the Film About:-

“A shy guy and popular girl finally see past their own social preconceptions, but will they miss their chance to come together when the world is ending around them?’


Gary Tyrer Writer of 'The Three Legs of Diddy'

Gary Tyrer Writer of ‘The Three Legs of Diddy’

Gary Tyrer – ‘ The Three Legs of Diddy’

Gary, a 42 year old, Manx born, self-employed businessman, married with three young children.  He has been writing for some 6 years, mainly feature length film scripts. His inspiration for ‘Diddy’ came from the familial conflicts that arise when truths are unearthed after a family member has passed away. Quarterfinalist in American Screenplay Competition and received very positive feedback from BBC Writersroom.

What’s the Film about?

“Mike Davies has just lost his wife. He’s also just unearthed a husband, a baby and a gold satin thong!”

James Franklin Writer of 'The Battle of Ronaldsway'

James Franklin Writer of ‘The Battle of Ronaldsway’

James  Franklin- ‘The Battle of Ronaldsway

James was born and raised in Glen Mona, Maughold. He obtained a BA from Manchester and an M.Phil from King’s College London, both in philosophy. James currently work as Communications Manager for Gresham College, London’s oldest ‘university.’ His writing has been published and performed in a number of places. Since the birth of his son, Finn, in 2011 James has concentrated his research and writing on specifically Manx themes.

What’s the Film about?

The Battle of Ronaldsway:
A group of inept battle re-enactors make a farce of their Viking battle until one person’s determined example rallies them to a common epic finish.
John Craine

John Craine Writer of ‘Muck’

John Craine ‘Muck’
John, grew up on the Isle of Man, living here until he went to University. He studied English with Philosophy at the University of York before doing an MA at the London Film School where he specialised in cinematography. Since then John has worked as a freelance cinematographer (in both fiction and documentary). He shot my first feature film, Blackbird, in 2011. The film was released and nominated for a Scottish BAFTA in 2013.

What’s the Film about?

MUCK:- Babs is a wife to a frustrated husband and a mother to a disabled son. An incident on the farm forces her into a terrible and life changing choice.

Kev Ford-  ‘Chips Cheese ‘n’ Gravy’

Kev Ford Writer of 'Chips, Cheese 'n' Gravy'

Kev Ford Writer of ‘Chips, Cheese ‘n’ Gravy’

Kev works as a radio presenter and has lived in the Isle Of Man for nearly a decade. He was born and raised in a coal mining community in Yorkshire and, when he was labouring in the sawmills and scrapyards, he worked with people whose humour and philosophies would stay with him forever.

Kev has been working in radio for the best part of 20 years in England, Spain and Beirut from which there are a host of stories that he could tell but he ‘doubts they would seem credible even as a work of fiction.’

Kev comments ‘Chips Cheese ‘n’ Gravy is my first attempt at writing a screenplay and I thank ManninShorts for giving us all this opportunity to both learn the craft of screen writing and to experience the thrill of seeing ones efforts germinate and grow into something one previously only dreamed about.’

What’s the Film about?

CHIPS CHEESE AND GRAVY :- “A devoted daughter falls for a Yuppie whose drunken bet goes viral threatening the future of her father’s Chips Cheese and Gravy business”


(king) Shawn Sturnick Writer of 'Breathless'

(king) Shawn Sturnick Writer of ‘Breathless’

Shawn Sturnick – ‘Breathless’

Originally from the USA, Shawn now lives on the Isle of Man. He won the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival’s Best New Writing Award for his short play A Closet Flung Wide Ope’, and was nominated for the Jayne Snow Award in the Absolut Fringe for Beauty. Also for the Fringe, his promenade play The Crown Jewels was performed throughout Dublin Castle and he collaborated on the Bewley’s Little Gem Award winner Luck (now optioned by the Weinstein Company). Publications include: Closet (Samuel French) and Solomon, A Life (Anco Publishing, The Netherlands).

Shawn has also written for RTE’s Fair City. Most recently his play Marry Me won the President’s Discretionary Award at the One Act Festival in Port Erin. He is also an actor having performed in the international hit Blue Man Group, and a director of several plays, musicals and the short film Barry Brown. He will be seen soon in his one man show Prisoner Suite for IOM’s Island of Culture 2014.

What’s the Film about?

BREATHLESS:- “When a grandmotherly spinster and an elderly retiree steal a glance by the sea, a romance is kindled. Flirtation, however, fuels a heated and hilarious competition, as, step by step, a quiet walk becomes a balls out, no holds barred footrace full of dirty tricks, connivances and trampled bystanders.”


About MannIN Shorts

"MannIN Shorts" is a brand new Isle of Man film initiative set to provide a platform for hopeful filmmakers.  Young or old, local or international it provides a launch pad to develop skills, ideas and actually make films, right here on the Isle of Man.
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