Two 4 One from writer/director Maureen Bradley is the 2013 winner of the Jim Murphy Filmmakers Bursary – which rewards innovative marketing ideas from feature filmmakers enrolled in the NSI Features First training course.
The $3,000 bursary was named after Jim Murphy, NSI Features First program manager until his passing in April 2007.
“Part of Maureen’s marketing proposal included building her secondary audience – the LGBT demographic – for her film in the tradition of Better Than Chocolate in 1999,” said Jane Gutteridge, member of the bursary jury and a close friend of Jim’s.
Jim was involved with that project from script stage to innovatively marketing the theatrical release. He was very proud of that breakthrough film, so I know he’d be behind Two 4 One. After we told Maureen she had won the bursary she shared with us that the filmmaking team behind Better Than Chocolate (writer Peggy Thompson, producer Sharon McGowan and director Anne Wheeler) were her mentors – really bringing this story full circle.”
Two 4 One is a bittersweet romantic comedy about Adam and Miriam, two oddball thirtysomethings who have a one-night stand and both wind up pregnant.
“I’m just a few months away from shooting so finding out this great news is like a gift from the heavens,” said Bradley. “With a micro-budget production, every dollar is critical and this couldn’t come at a better time. Another piece of the funding puzzle solved! I’m honoured that the jury felt my film was something Jim would have enjoyed and is worthy of this generous award.”
The Jim Murphy Filmmakers Bursary was created in memory of Jim Murphy and with the support of Jim’s circle of friends. Donations were received from friends, former employers, associates, students and admirers along with a founding donation of $15,000 from longtime colleagues and friends René Malo, Stephen Greenberg and Dan Lyon, and the National Screen Institute.
NSI Features First is a feature film development training course for teams of first or second time writers, directors and producers.
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