Leeds film's Monaco awards success

A film shot in Leeds with the help of a British comedy great has scooped a raft of awards at the Monaco International Film Festival.

TV legend and Only Fools and Horses star Sir David Jason directed the British comedy written and produced by Shane Hamill, who lives in Pudsey, Leeds, and Ben Sweet, from Huddersfield.

The two film-makers met when they worked as extras on the set of Emmerdale and their short film All the Way Up – shot in The Queen's Hotel – swept the board at the festival.

The 17-minute film picked up six awards including Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Producer, Best Script, Best Leading Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

Mr Hamill said: "I was sat next to Sir David Jason during the awards ceremony and he was just smiling away at what we had achieved.

"It was nice to stand on stage next to him and receive the awards."

Sir David offered to direct the film for free after meeting Ben on the set of Terry Pratchett film, The Colour of Magic, and being impressed with his comedy script.

Mr Hamill said that it was the first time Sir David Jason had directed a film for the movie industry and had offered his time for free.

He said: "Sir David was very proud and said that this is only the beginning. It was a great honour to get praise from him."

Following the success of All The Way Up – a story about a life-changing

encounter in a lift – Sir David has now agreed to direct his first feature length film with the pair at Emerald Sky Studios, the film

company the duo set up.

Its working title is Shoeless Joe and planning for the productions will get underway at the start of next year.

They are hoping to hold a Yorkshire premier of All The Way Up after the

New Year.

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