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THE POPCORN GROUP WRITING AWARD

The Popcorn Group Writing Award is an award presented on the second Sunday of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the most engaging and topically relevant piece of new writing.

It is selected from over 400 submissions by a committee made up of The Popcorn Group, the Pleasance Theatre, writer and director Penelope Skinner, the Artistic Director of the Donmar Theatre Michael Longhurst, founder of the Gentlewoman Penny Martin and actress Emma Thompson who will be presenting the award.

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WRITING AWARD COMMITTEE 

Michael Longhurst 

Michael Longhurst is the new Artistic Director at the Donmar Warehouse in London. Longhurst is the acclaimed director of Amadeus at the National Theatre and Constellations at the Royal Court.

 

His Royal Court production of Nick Payne’s Constellations transferred to the West End (starring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall) and Broadway (starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson) winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Play as well as receiving Olivier, Drama Desk and Tony nominations. Michael has developed and directed new plays across the UK including Adam Brace’s Stovepipe about the Rebuild Iraq Project; a promenade co-production with the National Theatre, which featured in the Sunday Times ‘Best Theatre of the Decade’ list. He also appeared in The Stage 100 in 2017.

Penny Martin

Appointed in 2010 as editor in chief of The Gentlewomen, the sister publication to Fantastic Man, Martin is credited for creating and helming a publication that offers an informed and intelligent view on fashion, combined with progressive journalism and features on influential modern women. The bi-annual tome has released sixteen issues to date and has featured interviews with influential women including Elena Ferrante, Beyoncé and Floriane de Saint Pierre.

Graduating from Glasgow University with a degree in history of art, Martin has studied at Manchester University where she completed a course in museum studies, and curated at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television. Her career in media began when approached by photographer Nick Knight in 2001 to work on his then revolutionary fashion broadcasting site SHOWstudio.com as editor-in-chief for seven years. Martin has also worked at the University of Arts in London as Chair of the Fashion Imagery department at London College of Fashion from 2008 to 2011.

Gareth Ellis-Unwin

Gareth Ellis-Unwin produced the multiple Oscar-winning film, The King’s Speech. The King’s Speech also picked up the Audience Award at Toronto International Film Festival, a Producers Guild of America award, seven BAFTAs, including both Outstanding British Film and Best Film, and four Academy Awards, including Best Film. He is co-founder and CEO of Bedlam Productions and his other credits include Zaytoun, Kajaki: A True Story and most recently Steel Country. Zaytoun was a runner-up for the Audience Award at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

 

Gareth is the Head of Film at ScreenSkills and is leading the delivery of the BFI Future Film Skills plan as well as managing the Film Skills Fund. ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills charity for the screen industries. They work throughout the UK to maintain the high level of skill and talent across film, television (including children’s and high-end drama), VFX (visual effects), animation and games.

Michael Longhurst 

Michael Longhurst is the new Artistic Director at the Donmar Warehouse in London. Longhurst is the acclaimed director of Amadeus at the National Theatre and Constellations at the Royal Court.

 

His Royal Court production of Nick Payne’s Constellations transferred to the West End (starring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall) and Broadway (starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson) winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Play as well as receiving Olivier, Drama Desk and Tony nominations. Michael has developed and directed new plays across the UK including Adam Brace’s Stovepipe about the Rebuild Iraq Project; a promenade co-production with the National Theatre, which featured in the Sunday Times ‘Best Theatre of the Decade’ list. He also appeared in The Stage 100 in 2017.

Penny Martin

Appointed in 2010 as editor in chief of The Gentlewomen, the sister publication to Fantastic Man, Martin is credited for creating and helming a publication that offers an informed and intelligent view on fashion, combined with progressive journalism and features on influential modern women. The bi-annual tome has released sixteen issues to date and has featured interviews with influential women including Elena Ferrante, Beyoncé and Floriane de Saint Pierre.

Graduating from Glasgow University with a degree in history of art, Martin has studied at Manchester University where she completed a course in museum studies, and curated at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television. Her career in media began when approached by photographer Nick Knight in 2001 to work on his then revolutionary fashion broadcasting site SHOWstudio.com as editor-in-chief for seven years. Martin has also worked at the University of Arts in London as Chair of the Fashion Imagery department at London College of Fashion from 2008 to 2011.

Gareth Ellis-Unwin

Gareth Ellis-Unwin produced the multiple Oscar-winning film, The King’s Speech. The King’s Speech also picked up the Audience Award at Toronto International Film Festival, a Producers Guild of America award, seven BAFTAs, including both Outstanding British Film and Best Film, and four Academy Awards, including Best Film. He is co-founder and CEO of Bedlam Productions and his other credits include Zaytoun, Kajaki: A True Story and most recently Steel Country. Zaytoun was a runner-up for the Audience Award at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

 

Gareth is the Head of Film at ScreenSkills and is leading the delivery of the BFI Future Film Skills plan as well as managing the Film Skills Fund. ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills charity for the screen industries. They work throughout the UK to maintain the high level of skill and talent across film, television (including children’s and high-end drama), VFX (visual effects), animation and games.

The Popcorn Group

The Popcorn Group was founded by Charlotte and Philip Colbert. The company works across Art, Theatre, Film and TV. Developing powerful creative content for a global audience. Popcorn Film and TV is headed up by producer Jessica Malik. Collectively the team has worked on an array of award-winning films.

 

Last year it co-produced the viral sensation Leading Lady Parts for the BBC starring Emilia Clarke, Gemma Arterton, Gemma Chan, Catherine Tate, Felicity Jones and Tom Hiddleston, which amassed over 25 million views.

 

Popcorn Group are co-producing Mary Harron’s (American Psycho) DaliLand with Pressman Films about famed artist Salvador Dali and his tempestuous relationship with his wife Gala. The film, starring Sir Ben Kingsley, Tim Roth and Ezra Miller, will shoot in the summer of 2019 in Canada.

 

They are known for their slate of stellar talent, including projects with Gonzalo Maza (writer of the Academy Award winning film A Fantastic Woman), award-winning writer Penelope Skinner, Laurence Coriat, Bafta winning writer Charlie Covell, and Mary Harron (American Psycho). They have two projects on the 2018 Brit List.

The Pleasance Theatre

The Pleasance Theatre Trust opened as part of the 1985 Festival Fringe with two theatres facing onto a deserted courtyard-come-car-park at an unfashionable eastern end of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Thirty four seasons later the Pleasance has become one of the biggest and most highly respected venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and in London, with an international profile and a network of alumni that reads like a Who’s Who of contemporary comedy, drama and entertainment. 

 

The Pleasance believes it is important to give people the space and freedom to take risks. From this spirit of innovation, springs confidence and great careers are given a platform upon which to flourish. This spirit has embodied the organisation, building an environment that nurtures, encourages and develops the brightest new ideas, raw talent and skill.

Lena Headey

Emmy nominated Lena Headey is best known for playing the lead role of Queen Cersei in HBO’s Game of Thrones. She also has a vast film career including leads in The Brothers Grimm, The Purge, Dredd and 300. Most recently she filmed Stephen Merchant’s Fight With My Family alongside Vince Vaughn and Nick Frost.

 

Other credits include The Sarah Conor Chronicles (Warner Bros), The Gathering Storm (HBO), ST. Trinian’s (Ealing Films).

 

Headey is part of the IRC and HBO charities, raising emergency funds for millions of refugees. In 2016, she travelled to a refugee camp in Greece to help people whose lives have been destroyed by conflict. Returning to the camp this year, Headey continues to raise awareness of the growing mental health crisis among the refugees.

Art Malik

Art Malik is an award-winning film, TV and Stage actor of Pakistani descent. Throughout a career lasting over four decades to date he has starred in over 100 film and TV projects. He is known for his roles in Passage to India (1984), Jewel In The Crown (1986), The Living Daylights (1987), True Lies (1994) and The Wolfman (2010).

Penny Martin

Appointed in 2010 as editor in chief of The Gentlewomen, the sister publication to Fantastic Man, Martin is credited for creating and helming a publication that offers an informed and intelligent view on fashion, combined with progressive journalism and features on influential modern women. The bi-annual tome has released sixteen issues to date and has featured interviews with influential women including Elena Ferrante, Beyoncé and Floriane de Saint Pierre.

Graduating from Glasgow University with a degree in history of art, Martin has studied at Manchester University where she completed a course in museum studies, and curated at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television. Her career in media began when approached by photographer Nick Knight in 2001 to work on his then revolutionary fashion broadcasting site SHOWstudio.com as editor-in-chief for seven years. Martin has also worked at the University of Arts in London as Chair of the Fashion Imagery department at London College of Fashion from 2008 to 2011.

Gareth Ellis-Unwin

Gareth Ellis-Unwin produced the multiple Oscar-winning film, The King’s Speech. The King’s Speech also picked up the Audience Award at Toronto International Film Festival, a Producers Guild of America award, seven BAFTAs, including both Outstanding British Film and Best Film, and four Academy Awards, including Best Film. He is co-founder and CEO of Bedlam Productions and his other credits include Zaytoun, Kajaki: A True Story and most recently Steel Country. Zaytoun was a runner-up for the Audience Award at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

 

Gareth is the Head of Film at ScreenSkills and is leading the delivery of the BFI Future Film Skills plan as well as managing the Film Skills Fund. ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills charity for the screen industries. They work throughout the UK to maintain the high level of skill and talent across film, television (including children’s and high-end drama), VFX (visual effects), animation and games.