BEING NICE -Growing Up Happens: Feature Film on 20-Something Artist Facing Adulthood, Relationships, Reality by Andrew Blackburn

Growing Up Happens



Being Nice is the feature film debut of writer/director Andrew Blackburn and tells the story of Jen (Jessica Francis in her feature debut), an aspiring artist in her early 20’s who, fresh out of university, begrudgingly takes a job in advertising. We follow Jen as, much to her surprise, she begins to enjoy working life and her rebellious nature causes her to connect with a romantically disillusioned colleague played by Alex Warren (Powder Room, Being Human).

 

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 “I wanted to make a film which, at its core, is about relationships and growing up and it was important to me that Being Nice felt authentic; allowing the actors to improvise was an important part of this. I wanted the audience to feel that they’re in the moment, experiencing it with the characters while still creating an engaging story.”

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ANDREW BLACKBURN
WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

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From Carsick Pictures and award-winning commercials director Andrew Blackburn, comes a touching and authentic British comedy drama set in the world of advertising. Don’t miss Being Nice, when it is released on VOD (video on demand) platform VHX.tv on 14th November.

 

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The cast of Being Nice also includes Jackie Howe (Line of Duty, Come On Eileen) and Nicola Hollinshead (Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story, Boys from the Blackstuff), with support from Dan Cohen (My Mad Fat Diary, The Last Weekend), Matt Jamie (Scott & Bailey) and Tommy Vine (Top Boy, A Touch of Cloth).

Being Nice was filmed on location in and around the offices of London advertising agency Grey London. Filmed in sequence over 17 days, writer/director Andrew Blackburn was keen to draw upon his own experiences of starting out in the creative industry, writing a tightly structured and emotionally charged script and asking the actors to improvise all the dialogue on set.

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Don’t miss Being Nice, when it is released on VOD (video on demand) platform VHX.tv on 14th November.  Viewers will be able to stream or download the film for only $5.99 / £3.75. Watch Being Nice here: Beingnice.vhx.tv.

To watch the trailer here.

 

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BEING NICE – Feature Film Trailer UK 2014 from Andy Blackburn on Vimeo.

 

About Andrew Blackburn (writer/director/producer):

Born and raised in the Isle of Man, award-winning commercials director Andrew Blackburn has worked in advertising for the last 11 years, working his way up from runner with two experienced agency producers on to producer and director in Grey London’s TV department, before spending a year launching then running Grey’s in-house production company GREYfilm (now called GreyWorks). In 2010 he went freelance to concentrate solely on directing films and commercials, shooting TV commercials and online films for brands such as Kellogg’s, Pampers, Fairy, Lucozade, Nestle, Vanish and Fisher Price, amongst others. Andrew is repped in Europe by the Aylene Gardiner Agency and Savage in the USA.

His showreel is viewable at Carsickpictures.com.

At age 19 Andrew’s zero budget short film ‘Just Grey’, made during a year on Isle of Man Film’s much-celebrated Film & TV Production course, was shortlisted for BBC3’s 2003 New Filmmaker of The Year Award. His first feature film ‘Being Nice’ was selected as the gala opening night screening at the 2013 Isle of Man International Film Festival.

Andrew has recently completed filming Part 1 of a 3-part miniseries entitled ‘Home’, each focusing on a different member of a suburban family and their relationships inside and outside of the family unit.

 

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Being Nice is the feature film debut of writer/director Andrew Blackburn and tells the story of Jen (Jessica Francis in her feature debut), an aspiring artist in her early 20’s who, fresh out of university, begrudgingly takes a job in advertising. We follow Jen as, much to her surprise, she begins to enjoy working life and her rebellious nature causes her to connect with a romantically disillusioned colleague played by Alex Warren (Powder Room, Being Human).

Don’t miss Being Nice, when it is released on VOD (video on demand) platform VHX.tv on 14th November.  Viewers will be able to stream or download the film for only $5.99 / £3.75. Watch Being Nice here: Beingnice.vhx.tv.

To watch the trailer here.


Directed/Written/Produced By:

Andrew Blackburn

Starring:

Jessica Francis
Alex Warren
Jackie Howe
Nicola Hollinshead
Dan Cohen
James Clossick
Gabriella Schmidt
Matt Jamie
Katerina Watson
Tommy Vine

 

 

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