27 Nov 2008
By our cultural correspondent Phil Istine
Celebrity stalkers can rejoice as Wirral’s very own Film Festival kicked off this week to much acclaim. Celebrities flocked to the Hotel Swan to strut their stuff on the red carpet, in what is being billed as Merseyside’s rival to the Cannes film festival.
“We’ve got a beach, boats and a lorra prostitution, I can’t see what makes this film festival any different to Cannes” said festival director Lucas George from his 11 foot sail boat moored at Birkenhead’s Woodside.
The film festival will showcase the very best from Wirral film makers, old and new, including the internet film sensation ‘No leccy no worry’ by Neston based director Stefan Peelberg. “It was a shock to get nominated for such an event. It was only through the tens of thousands in funding the drama bites programme from North West Vision spent for me, it made this dream come true”.
Peelbergs drama is a short film which follows the tragic tale of two eastern European chicken giblet workers who find them self in rented accommodation in Deeside.
Other highlights include a short animated film by children from Leasowe primary school and a feature length action thriller based on the memoirs of Ex ferry captain Steven Shitharg.