Newtown film maker 'living the dream' with project to be aired on BBC


Jonny Drury

A FILM maker is ‘living the dream’ with his latest project set to be aired on BBC television later this year.

Jamie McKee, formerly of Newtown but now based in Cardiff, has seen his short film ‘Ludo’ produced for production company It’s My Shout.
It has been a whirlwhind year for Jamie, an NVQ assessor in Cardiff, who got involved in the film industry through acting, as a way to fill his time in the evening.
This short film comes on the back of a music video about Wales’ Euro 2016 exploits ‘Let The Good Times Role’ which won best music video in the Cardiff Mini Film Festival.
Jamie, who worked at the Elephant and Castle Hotel in Newtown before moving to Cardiff, is delighted with the latest chapter in his career.
He said: “I submitted a couple of scripts to It’s My Shout production, who put seven short short films on BBC Two, and two in Welsh on S4C, and my script got chosen.
“I base my work on a lot of Shane Meadows (‘This is England’) and Ken Loach films, and the idea for Ludo came from a soundtrack on ‘This is England 90’.
“It was all filmed in three days near Pontypridd with a big production team, and with this I got the writing credit and produced the film, which sometimes you don’t get to do.
“I am delighted with how it has gone, proud of how the film has turned out and what I am doing at the moment. It is hard work but I am living the dream.”
Ludo, which is 15 minutes long, follows the story of a boy whose father has moved away, his mother has a new boyfriend and he is getting no attention.
He is being bullied in school, however has a hidden talent for playing the piano. 
He sees a school counsellor, who discovers the hidden talent and the short film ends with a big production.
Elsewhere, Jamie is still acting alongside his writing and producing.
One acting role in ‘Mark Gets Coffee’ directed by Richard Starkey won best film at the Cardiff Independent film festival.
Despite a busy year, there is no rest for Jamie, as he is working on a documentary in Hay on Wye involving music producer Alan McGee, famous for discovering Oasis.
A documentary on football scouting and football agents is also on the agenda, and Jamie wants to encourage other budding film writers to showcase their talents from the It’s My Shout programme, which develops talent in the industry.
He said: “It is a great opportunity. 
“I was the only applicant from Mid Wales, so if there are any people out there, get in touch with them and get involved.”
Ludo will be premiered on November 18 at an awards evening in the Millennium Centre, Cardiff.

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