1. Sean McAllister is already one of the legends of documentary filmmaking. The Liberace of Baghdad won him the Special Jury Prize for World Documentary at Sundance Film Festival and his most recent film, The Reluctant Revolutionary, is blowing audiences away at film festivals all over the world.

    The subject of Working For The Enemy, one of his earliest films, Kevin Rudeforth, is now his webmaster. That's the kind of love and devotion Sean, the man and his work inspires.

    Here he is at his very best talking about Reluctant Revolutionary at the Library Theatre at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012, with friend and well-loved British comedian Jeremy Hardy hosting.

    Sean is trying to get a commission for his Syria documentary. He has been to Syria 15 times already. He has the contacts, the knowledge and the access. If you're a commissioning editor or just someone with a pile of dosh, contact him through his website at seanmcallister.com or through his Facebook fan page at http://facebook.com/tenfootfilms.

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  2. NB The full title of this film appears in the opening credits but Simon tells me he's successfully kept his name off the net since 1999 so out of considiration for him, his name only appears in the film and not in any searchable text accompanying the film.

    In March 2012 I accompanied my husband Brian on a business trip to Bath. Naturally my primary goal was to find where the hipsters hung out, and within an hour I'd found them, in The Bell pub, home to Bath's music scene and creative community. Serving behind the bar was a man whose presence fascinated me. There was something different about him. He was a maverick, I could tell just by looking at him.

    After taking photos at the Roman Baths and the Botanical Gardens the next day, I went back to The Bell and this time got talking to him. His name was Simon and he told me how he'd designed and built the crazy looking three wheeler bike parked out the front of the pub. I asked him if he'd do an interview to camera.

    I haven't made a film for over 30 years since I was at film school when we were using Super 8 and 16mm. I'd used Premiere Pro for knocking together band footage and spoken word performances, but never done any proper editing on it, so this has been a huge learning curve but I've loved every minute.

    And hopefully, someone out there will see Simon and sponsor him because this bike needs to be put into production, it is simple, brilliant, ergonomic and beautiful.

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  3. Q & A for Evidently John Cooper Clarke screening at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012 with John Cooper Clarke, director John Ross and producer Scotty Clark.

    Afterwards I met him backstage to take some photos which you can see here: http://tinyurl.com/7v9n8xg
    He was the most self-effacing, warm and genuine person at that level of renown I have ever met, bar none.

    IMDB page for the documentary: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2202362/

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  4. Amateur cider maker Brian Trevelyan giving a workshop on cider making to Sheffield Abundance group. For more info see http://www.growsheffield.com

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  5. Le Donk & Scor-Zay-Zee Q & A Sheffield Showroom, 5th October 2009, with Warp Films producer Mark Herbert, filmmaker Shane Meadows and actor Paddy Considine. Chaired by Bill Lawrence. Co-hosted by Screen Yorkshire and BAFTA.

    With a very short intro by me on my webcam. Like I'm presenting The Culture Show or summat.

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jude calvert-toulmin

It was a long time ago that I did a degree in Film & TV - I graduated in 1981 from Manchester School of Film and Television which was housed at the old ABC studios in East Didsbury (long since demolished to make way for flats) as part of Manchester Polytechnic.…

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It was a long time ago that I did a degree in Film & TV - I graduated in 1981 from Manchester School of Film and Television which was housed at the old ABC studios in East Didsbury (long since demolished to make way for flats) as part of Manchester Polytechnic. The lecturers were a bunch of alcoholic wasters, you got a first by sleeping with them. I didn't and nearly got chucked off the course.

My IMBD page is here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2235332/ although all the RCA Film school student films I helped on aren't listed, natch. Bit sparse, isn't it? Well despite having dabbled in film work over the years my focus was being a stay at home mum to three children, and then my writing took precedent.

However I've never lost my love of film and more recently have been messing about filming various things and getting to grips with Premiere Pro, so hopefully I'll be putting more short films on here.

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