Script: Andrew Oldham

Andrew’s film credits include working as a scriptwriter, script editor, script supervisor, researcher and executive producer on a number of film and TV projects in the UK and mainland Europe.

In 2008, Andrew joined the team for a one off short at Bag Lady Productions. There he acted as Script Editor, Script Supervisor and Executive Producer on the short film, Master Motivator (2010, featuring John Henshaw and Enid Dunn, directed by Noreen Kershaw).

In 2007 he founded the British Film Network, a grass roots promotional group for film makers in  the UK – open to new entrants and established film makers.

In 2005/06 he won the North West Vision’s New Feature Film Writers’ Development Scheme Award with the SF Thriller, Resurrection. He was mentored by Simon Van de Borgh.

Andrew wrote the silent film comedy, Divine Blonde (Make Believe 2004, featuring Ron Hulton and Frida Farrell, dir. Alex Shaida).

Andrew penned two spec features for Make Believe including the horor thriller, Pleasing Nehru (2001, featuring Roshan Seth, dir. Stuart Urban of ‘Our Friends in the North’).  He also acted for them as a scriptwriter and a script consultant on several pilots for independent TV including crime dramas (2002, featuring Derek Fowles and Leslie Grantham).

In 2002, Andrew designed, co-managed and took part in the biggest international fiction writing project to that date, Quickshift (28 writers, 8 different countries). He delivered a paper on the project at Nottingham Trent University Conference, Incubation 2, QUICK-SHIFT – a community-designed collaborative writing project. He also applied the QUICK-SHIFT model to several other international media projects including VENDING POETRY.

In 2000, Andrew joined the BBC Team at the daytime soap, Doctors, he remained part of the team for twelve months before leaving to work in the Independent Sector. During the same year he penned a series of successful Poetry Workshops which were broadcast on BBC Radio 4, as part of the BBC Poetry Weekend.

Andrew wrote and voiced the successful radio campaign for Bolton Town Centre in 1999, which was nominated for the London International Award and created a flurry of media interest in his work. In the same year he won the Peggy Ramsay Foundation Bursary and was nominated for the Jerwood-Arvon.

Andrew started his career on the BBC North Allan Beswick Radio Show, Bolton Evening News and Flux as a Journalist before leaving to write full time. His early writing included sketches for several BBC R4 programmes including the Now Show before he turned to film and TV.

Andrew has worked in the theatre as a dramaturg and playwright for over ten years and has links with the Bolton Octagon, Contact Theatre and the English Touring Theatre Company. Andrew Oldham and Louise Wallwein helped to establish the popular Flip the Script at the Contact Theatre, which ran for over eight years.

Andrew’s theatrical work includes one off monologues performed at various festivals in the UK and abroad. Plays include the likes of the comedy, Dossers (Salford 1997), the abusive, The Charlie Manson Room (showcased by Theatre and Beyond at Brighton Pavilion, part of The International Brighton Festival 2002 and Rocliffe Forum 2001) and the post apocalyptic, Mockingbird (Contact Theatre development 2004). The play featured Amanda Healer (pictured) as Mockingbird and Andrew Gross and Fionula Dorrity.

Mockingbird was long-listed for the Sphinx Award 2007: Brave New Roles, cited for its powerful and distinctive female characters.

His theatre awards include the Peggy Ramsay Foundation Bursary 1999 and he was shortlisted for Paines Plough Ticket to Write 1998.

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