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Bottle Smoke Film Festival 2019

Finding that there was a lack of festivals within the North Staffordshire area and being part of the film industry for several years, Bottle Smoke was born.  The aim is to screen films and at the same time inspiring filmmakers to continue in the industry.


PETER RUDGE – Peter has more than 25 years experience in the film industry and in 2011 was a co-founder of the spin-out company Grand Independent.  He is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and The British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society.

BARRY J C PURVES – Barry is an Oscar and BAFTA nominated director usually, but not exclusively, working with animation. He has animated and directed many series for television such as The Wind in the Willows, Rupert Bear and most recently, the award-winning Toby’s traveling Circus. He has worked in significant roles on such feature films as Mars Attacks! and King Kong.

RAY JOHNSON MBE – Ray is Emeritus Professor of Film Heritage and Documentary at Staffordshire University. He is a Director of the Staffordshire Film Archive, the Mitchell Arts Centre Trust and the Media Archive for Central England.

Awards & Prizes

Best Drama, Best Sci/fi & Horror, Best Animation, and Best Documentary. 
Prizes will be given for each category.  From our product sponsors who include MAGIX, SHOTLISTER and Stan Winston School of Character Arts.

We will also present trophies hand made by Burslem Pottery.

  • October 1, 2018 Opening Date
  • March 31, 2019 Early bird Deadline
  • July 31, 2019 Regular Deadline
  • August 12, 2019 Notification Date
  • September 8, 2019 Event Date

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Mickey and Joe – Staffordshire University Graduate Film

Mickey and Joe’ is a Graduate film set in the 90s, which follows two boys lives growing up. The film features the difficult understanding of men expressing their own emotions and feelings and features how difficult it is even for friends to really understand each other. Two boys set out on a night out at illegal rave to impress Samantha; Mickey’s crush but never end up at the rave and end up spending the night in a car park. That night they find out more about each other than they have ever imagined before leading to some dramatic turn of events.

Laura wanted to create something different for her last film at University and wanted to push herself by setting it in the 90s. She wanted to pick the topic of illegal raves as it was something not really covered in many films and also wanted to raise awareness for Male Mental Health by including a two male leading characters who don’t open up to each other and discuss their problems.

The film was created by Laura Teaton who has recently graduated from Staffordshire University in Film, TV and Radio with a First Class Honours. The film has won a Progress award on her course and is being entered into Film Festivals.

The film was shot in and around Stoke and her crew were all students on her course that included Liam Turnock as the Cinematographer, Roly Parmar as the Camera Assistant, Adam Thompson as the Sound Operator, Fyer-Hunee Sawyer Hartley as the Sound Assistant, Shannon Harvey and Louise Shadbolt as the Set Designer, Jade Willer and Isaac Brady as the Runners and Louisa Lewis as the behind the scenes photographer.

The film featured Angelo Dellicompagni as Mickey, Robson Healy as Joe, Sophie Montague as Samantha, Diane Collings as Mam, Beatrice Bowery-Taylor as Jessica, Daine Brown as Steve and Ben Gooding as the Voice-over.

Laura is currently working as a Producer for a short film based in London called Bunueleseque and is currently working with Liam Turnock on a promotional video for Biddulph in Bloom. 

Laura is currently working as Freelancer and if you would like to get in contact with her or check out any of her work here is a link to here facebook page:

You can watch Mickey and Joe below :-

Wraith – Horror feature film written and directed by Fuwad Abrar

Wraith is an upcoming horror feature film written and directed by Fuwad Abrar.

Fuwad is well known in North Staffordshire, he has produced many local films. We have reported in the past on a few of them such as Isolated, Contrite and The Quierude.

‘I have wanted to make a horror film for a really long time, but I never thought I had found the right story to tell. There had been times where I thought that it wouldn’t be possible of me to tackle the horror genre, as it is a cliched genre and there are too many of them these days. After thinking about it for many years now, I figured it was time to tell the story I had always wanted’.

PLOT – Set many years after a tragedy, a young couple relationship is tested when the past comes back to haunt them.

The film is a love letter to classic horror films and books, as Fuwad Abrar has been a huge horror fan ever since he was a kid. 

‘Another reason that I want to do a horror film is because of the city of Stoke On Trent and how its known as a very haunting place. I was heavily interested and inspired by the story of Molly Leigh (The Burslem Witch). I have done some research about her and thought we can use that as a gateway to tell my story’.

The plot so far is very minimal, as the filmmakers want to keep the story surprising for the audiences. 

Aiming to begin production in late Summer and potential December release date. Currently posting casting calls and ideally looking for local Stoke/Staffordshire based actors for the film.