Yes, Barnes Film Festival is back for our second year, and we are proud to announce that the extraordinarily talented and accomplished Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue have agreed to become Ambassadors for BFF.
Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue. Image courtesy of Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons.
Steven Moffat is known to audiences across the UK and indeed the world as the current showrunner of Doctor Who, and co-creator and showrunner of the BBC’s Sherlock. But if you are of a certain generation (i.e. mine, i.e. child of the 80s) you probably remember his smart, funny Press Gang with great fondness. The Paisley-born writer/producer has created some of the most popular television shows of the past few decades, spanning genres as disparate as scifi (Doctor Who), horror (Jekyll), comedy (Coupling), children’s drama (Press Gang) and reinventing one of literature’s most iconic detectives for the 21st century. He’s so in demand, he had to turn down Steven Spielberg’s attempt to “love bomb” him into writing the screenplays for the Adventures of Tintin movie trilogy. He is a Board Director of Hartswood Films and was granted an OBE for services to drama in 2015.
Sue Vertue is a TV producer and Board Director for Hartswood films, and been instrumental in creating some of Britain’s most beloved television comedies and dramas over the past twenty five years. Starting her career in 1991 with Mr Bean, she has produced numerous award-winning and successful TV series, including The Vicar of Dibley, Hospital, The Last Englishman, Fear, Stress & Anger, Carrie & Barry, The Savages, Supernova, and The Cup. She even produced a Doctor Who special for Comic Relief! In 1998 she joined Hartswood Films, creating the top-rated BBC2 sitcom Gimme Gimme Gimme (based on an idea she had for a sitcom about a gay man and straight women flatsharing). She produced all four series of the sitcom that defined the early noughties, Coupling, which was loosely based on her own marriage. Despite her success in comedy, she is perhaps nowadays best known for her work in drama, producing (with Hartswood Films) the multi-award winning worldwide hit Sherlock, which moved from the small screen to the big with the global cinema screening of the 2016 New Year’s Day Special.
We look forward to welcoming Steven and Sue to Barnes!
Barnes Film Festival 2017 runs 29th September to 1st October.