Thursday, August 30, 2007

Matt Greenhalgh wins Guild and List Screenwriting Award

Matt Greenhalgh has won the first Guild and List magazine Screenwriting award for a New British Movie at the Edinburgh International Film Festival for his script for Control.

The film, about the band Joy Division, is based on the biography of lead singer Ian Curtis by his wife Deborah and stars Sam Riles, Samantha Morton and Craig Parkinson.

The film was a unanimous choice by the judges Paul Dale (List film editor), Andrea Gibb (Writers' Guild) and Eddie Harrison (Critic, Scottish Metro). It also won director Anton Corbijn the Powell Pressburger award at the Festival itself.

The Guild and List prize is the only screenwriting award related to the Film Festival. Greenhalgh's previous writing credits include episodes of Cold Feet for ITV and Burn It for the BBC. He has also directed TV drama.

Speaking after the announcement Greenhalgh said:

"This is my first film and my first award, so thank you for popping my cherry! Thanks to all those who voted for Control, and to The Writers' Guild and The List for recognising the writer's role in this strange industry; cast as one of the main parts in the beginning of the process we usually find ourselves almost forgotten by the end. It amazes me that a script I wrote in late 2004 is now taking on a life of its own. I dedicate this award to Tony Wilson, a one-off and true friend of the creative mind. 'Rave On' mate."

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