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Lecturer's film wins Best Local Film at Birmingham Film Festival

Film Production Staff Course news / Inspire / Industry News – Published 28th Nov 16

A film directed by Marek Budzynski The Turtle and the Sea won the award for ‘Best Local Film’ on Saturday, at the Birmingham Film Festival.

The film tells the story of a Chinese Kung Fu master, who travels to England to try and raise money for his mother’s heart operation.

He falls in love with a British singer and against a backdrop of deep cultural divisions and the violence of inner city Birmingham, they find themselves in a race against time to save his mother’s life, and their own.

The Turtle and the Sea was up for Best Feature, Best Local Film and Best Soundtrack in the Festival.

The film is based on a true story between singer Lena Jones (Cat Goscovitch) and Kung Fu master Jai Zheng (Shifu Yan Lei).

Marek tells us more: “We shot the Turtle and the Sea back in 2013. It was my first feature as director and we had a micro budget of £100K.

The film was produced by AUB BA/MA Film Production Tutor Clare Cahill and directed by myself. It has been released on Amazon Prime in the USA and UK, as well as iTunes USA.

We are looking to secure a distribution deal in China as soon as possible.

Clare Cahill (Producer and AUB Tutor) and I had an amazing time on Saturday night. We’re incredibly proud to have won the award on behalf of the crew of The Turtle. I collected the award from the Head of Film Birmingham, Sindy Campbell.

It was a wonderful experience to be acknowledged for all the hard work we put into the project.”