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Avril Dalziel Saunders   Broken Promises (TV Drama made from short story)   


Paul Burton Films are currently in pre-production with a new short drama film which is being made in association with Avril Dalziel Saunders. 


With a screenplay by Paul Burton – who is also set to produce and direct the film –Broken Promises is based on a short story by author, Avril Dalziel Saunders.


Paul Burton Films

20, Leicester Road, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 5BA

Tel.: 0116 271 7005 – Mob.: 07804 205 510

E-mail: paulburton73@hotmail.co.uk

Main Website: www.paulburtonfilms.org


Press Release


Paul Burton Films are currently in pre-production with a new short drama film which is being made in association with Avril Dalziel Saunders. 


With a screenplay by Paul Burton – who is also set to produce and direct the film –Broken Promises is based on a short story by author, Avril Dalziel Saunders.


The film is set to be made at Elstree Studios in north London and on location nearby on Monday 20th February 2012. The completed film will then be broadcast later this year as part of a short film strand on the following TV channels: Information TV (Sky 231), Information TV + 1 (Sky 189) and Showcase TV 2 (Sky 203).


The story concerns Jenny who, before she was married, nursed her widowed mother for several years after she was left paralysed and speechless from a stroke. In the film, the character of Chloe Richards recalls the twists and turns of fate that Jenny faced in the year following the death of her mother; and how her attempts to rebuild her life were thwarted when she met her then future husband, Harry Curtis.


About Paul Burton


Paul has a prolific number of writing, producing & directing credits to his name. Since 1989, Paul has both founded and run several of his own arts projects, including community film & television projects. He now works as a freelance writer, consultant, filmmaker and film & TV historian. His credits include being engaged by Elstree Studios to work on projects relating to the history of the complex. He’s currently working on a new book with Gary Morecambe about his late father, Eric Morecambe.


About Avril Dalziel Saunders


Avril Dalziel Saunders is an author who turned to writing after retiring from her job working at Thames Television. The award-winning company held the ITV London area franchise from 1968 – 1992 and were based in Teddington, Middlesex.

Avril’s new book, entitled Mammograms Save Lives, is to be released in spring 2012. It's the true story of her journey with breast cancer during 2011. All profits from sales of the book will go to breast cancer care and Macmillan nurses.


For more information about this film and/or to interview Paul Burton, please email: paulburton73@hotmail.co.uk. To contact Avril Dalziel Saunders direct, please email: avril.saunders@ntlworld.com.



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Jane Clark



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Cast Biographies


Natalie Viccars


Role: Chloe Richards


Natalie trained at the London School of Musical Theatre.


Her theatre credits include: Nina in Invitation to a Beheading (Lord Stanley Theatre), Nicole in The Baker’s Wife (Union Theatre). Whilst training, Natalie was part of the ensemble in Bright Lights, Big City (Bridewell Theatre), Burlesque Girl in Big Top, and participated in workshops on Les Miserables, Carmen and Into the Woods. Natalie will next be appearing in the role of Susan in Tick, Tick, Boom! at the Bridewell Theatre in March 2012.


Natalie has also appeared in a short film entitled The Decorator.


Lisa Peace


Role: Jenny Curtis


Lisa trained at the Arts Educational School.


She will be commencing rehearsals in March for the Steel Magnolias 2012 Tour, directed by David Gilmore.


She previously appeared in several commercials for Lloyds Pharmacy UK, Lachenkeifer Germany and Halifax UK, in Just Jack’s music video of the single The day I died playing James Nesbitt's wife and as Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers in Dubai.


She also appeared in a workshop and performance called Stop Dreaming written by Ray Cooney with music by Chas and Dave.


Since leaving college, she has appeared in many West End productions. She has played Ethel McCormack, in a four month tour of Footloose, where she was also resident director, Berta in Victoria Wood’s Musical version of Acorn Antiques! (UK Tour), Mrs Darling/Mermaid in Peter Pan at The Millfield and Woman at the Gatehouse Theatre in Starting Here Starting Now. Lisa appeared as the florist in a T Mobile (UK) commercial and also filmed in Prague, for Chex Mix snack (America) commercial.


West End productions include: Role Of Peggy Van Aulden in Jailhouse Rock; The alternate Sukie Rougemont in The Witches of Eastwick, opposite Ian McShane; Jellylorum and understudy Grizabella (and played) in Cats; ensemble and understudy Cosette (and played) in Les Misérables; Ashley and Pearl in Starlight Express in both London and Germany productions and Cynthia Boyce in Mr. Cinders at The Kings Head with Sam West.


Tours include playing The Narrator opposite Phillip Schofield in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat; Catherine and understudy Bertrande (and played) in The West Yorkshire Playhouse's production of Martin Guerre; Maria in The Sound of Music at The Lyric Theatre (Belfast) and Kate Bush in Hot Stuff at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre.


Television and Radio work includes: Katie in EastEnders, Receptionist in Murder in Mind opposite Keeley Hawes and Like They've Never Been Gone Before for Radio. Lisa has also recorded lead vocals for numerous professional recordings.


Her concerts include: 6 week Les Miserables Scandinavian tour as The Factory Girl; a charity concert singing with Graham Bickley in the West End and The Tenth Anniversary concert of Les Miserables at The Royal Albert Hall. She also regularly appears in a group called The Westenders.


Her workshops include: Shaharazad in Shaharazad directed by Phil Willmott at the Theatre Museum in Covent Garden and Charrone in a comedy musical Trash Christ written by Carol Vine at The Soho Theatre London. Recordings include Killaya Bay as Lead Vocalist for new musical written by Chris Burgess and composed by Denise Wright.


Website: www.lisapeace.com


Natalie Rachel


Role: Jane Clark


Natalie has been performing since the age of 2 when she was enrolled in a dance school by her mother. Since then, performing has been a feature in her every day life. Natalie has known from a very early age that she would have a career on stage and screen but it took time to know for certain which discipline she would pursue. At the age of 8 an acting teacher attending one of her Dance School's performances noticed Natalie's potential and suggested to her mother that she join her weekly acting class. Taking this advice Natalie discovered her true love (acting) and has been smitten ever since. At age 9 she joined Newcastle's Tyne Theatre Stage School where she performed in numerous productions.


Natalie also discovered she has a talent for singing at the age of 11 after learning the movie theme for Titanic and performing it for friends and family. She began singing lessons with a private tutor age 14 and continued them until she was 23. In 2007, Natalie joined the renowned People's Theatre and was involved in a few productions including George Orwell's powerful 1984. It is her belief that this is where a lot of her skills were honed and polished. In the summer of 2009, she attended a course in musical theatre at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, combining her two passions of acting and singing. Having spent this time in London and meeting some influential people she decided that it was the place she needed to be in order to progress in her career and achieve her dreams. Fast forward 3 months and Natalie (along with her very supportive mother and brother) move to the outskirts of London where now, two years on, they are still happily living and Natalie edges ever closer to "Living the Dream".

Daniel Howard


Role: Harry Curtis


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Where to purchase: The film was made at Elstree Studios in north London and on location nearby in February 2012. The completed film will then be broadcast later this year as part of a short film strand on the following TV channels: Information TV (Sky 231), Information TV + 1 (Sky 189) and Showcase TV 2 (Sky 203). DVD's can be purchased from Paul Burton Films. All profits from sales of the DVD will go to Breast Cancer Care and Macmillan Nurses.

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