Acclaimed Actor Maxine Peake To Support #MeToo Media Merseyside Project launch
#MeToo Merseyside project begins in May 2019 with funding support from the BBFC.
Clapperboard UK’s Director Maureen Sinclair is delighted to announce an exciting year ahead for Clapperboard UK, which includes a new partnership with BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) for the launch of #MeToo Media Merseyside project.
Supported by acclaimed, award-winning British actor, Maxine Peake (Peterloo, Silk, The Village, The Theory of Everything, Shameless), the #MeToo Media Merseyside project will be launched on Wednesday 6th March 2019 at FACT Picturehouse with a special screening of Maxine’s low budget British feature film Funny Cow in association with the BFI.
Directed by Adrian Shergold, Funny Cow stars Paddy Considine, Stephen Graham, Alun Armstrong, Maxine Peake and John Bishop, featuring an outstanding film score by Richard Hawley. It tells the story of a comedian who uses her troubled past as material for her stand-up routine, trying to rise-up through the comedy.
To tie in with International Women’s Day, the launch will also include an In Conversation with Maxine as well as acclaimed writer Jan McVerry (Coronation St, Cold Feet, The Street, Homefront, Drop Dead Gorgeous) following the screening.
A pioneering media project aimed at young people aged 14-26, #MeToo Media Merseyside will nurture the creative talents of this new generation. It will allow them to develop their own media website, challenging prejudices in all its forms through writing, and creating content by new voices for new voices.
Actor Maxine Peake said “I am so pleased to be supporting Clapperboard UK and its launch of #MeToo Media Merseyside. The work that they do encouraging and progressing people into the industry whilst at the same time challenging prejudice through film is commendable”.
David Austin, Chief Executive of the BBFC said: “The BBFC takes corporate social responsibility very seriously, and we’re a proud supporter of the charity and voluntary sector. Our role as a public facing regulator means we frequently work with organisations who are doing important work to support the public in a range of different fields. We are delighted to support Clapperboard UK and their project #MeToo Media Merseyside. We look forward to hearing how the project progresses.”
The charity fundraiser takes place on Wed 6 March, 6pm. Tickets are £15.00 which include a complementary drink at Frederik’s, Hope Street, and can be bought directly from FACT Picturehouse or www.picturehouses.com
Clapperboard UK has won many awards for its inclusive innovative educational films and has an outstanding track record for helping many of its volunteers and participants progress into the creative industries.