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Screenwriting lecturer Sarah Evans with Tom Cowell and Bill Nighy

Screenwriting lecturer Sarah Evans with Tom Cowell and Bill Nighy

Actors Bill Nighy and Frances Barber are the famous voices behind a University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) animated film.

The pair voice a husband and wife in Placebo, a short animated film written and directed by lecturer Sarah Evans and animated by recent graduate Tom Cowell.

Sarah, a screenwriting academic at the Preston campus, wrote the script for the 11-minute film nine years ago.

But, she said:” It was nearly made a couple of times but for one reason or another it didn’t happen,”

“Tom was a screenwriting graduate from this year and I discovered his talents for animation. He was up for the challenge and we started work straightaway.”

Sarah added: “Bill Nighy had been to the university a couple of months earlier so I contacted his PA, asked if there was any chance he could do it as I knew he was busy, and thankfully he loved the script and was free. One week later we were in a London recording studio and he was absolutely fantastic.”

Screenwriting graduate Tom, from Preston, added: “I knew someone who’d worked with Frances on Doctor Who and thought it was worth sending a Tweet on the off-chance she was free. She got back straightaway.”

Tom developed the animation over a period of months and it was previewed at the university last week and is set to have its premiere next year.

 

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