Former pupil scoops top film award


A former Banchory Academy pupil’s film has won the top prize of Best Feature Film at the Marbella International Film Festival 2011 (MIFF 2011).

Lizzie Brown’s independent film, Wounded, won the top prize at the prestigious H10 Andalucia Plaza hotel on October 14.

More than 1,000 films, animations and documentaries were submitted to MIFF 2011 from all over the world with 13 features being selected to be shown over the three-day festival.

Wounded was one of four films shortlisted for official selection and scooped the top prize after impressing a judging panel comprising judges from the USA, Spain and the UK.

The film was produced by Banchory-born Elizabeth Brown, who was on hand at the festival along with the other members of the production company behind the film, Bigview Media.

Lizzie, who featured in the Piper earlier this month, attended Banchory Primary and academy before heading to drama school in Guildford.

Since graduating from Guildford, Lizzie played a number of roles on screen and stage before falling in love with producing and has now helped establish Bigview Media as an award-winning production company.

Also in attendance with the Bigview team in Marbella was actor and comedian, Les Dennis, who plays a cameo role in the film and whose performance was hailed at MIFF.

Hot on the heels of receiving five star reviews for his stage role in Jigsy, Les will soon be back on screen in Ricky Gervais’s new BBC/HBO comedy series alongside the likes of Johnny Depp, Liam Neeson and Helena Bonham Carter. His support of independent film and of Bigview Media was hugely appreciated by the team.

At the festival Les said he was “absolutely thrilled” with the film.

Wounded is a chase drama following the story of Sergeant John Woods, an injured soldier back from Afghanistan who goes on the run with a troubled young boy from an abusive family. He is forced to confront his past as the police and the child’s psychotic drug-dealing father pursue him across the country.

The cast includes some of Britain’s most promising rising stars, including Marc Baylis and Cassie Raine. The team were also pleased to welcome back Laurence Saunders to play the role of John Woods.

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