Film adaptation of lecturer’s novel to feature at prestigious film festival

The short film of novel The Houdini Girl, written by Leeds Trinity University Creative Writing Lecturer Martyn Bedford, has been selected for screening at the prestigious 2014 London Short Film Festival in January. 

​Now in its 11th year, the London Short Film Festival is a showcase for cutting-edge UK independent film. In 2013 the festival sold more than 7,000 tickets to 300 films which were screened at the best independent cinemas and film venues across in London. This year’s event, which runs from 10 – 19 January, received more than 1,200 submissions, so it’s a great achievement for the team behind Houdini to secure a slot for their film.

The short, which was filmed in London earlier this year, was made by Tomori Films, written and directed by Kfir Yefet and produced by Ofir Kedar and Guy Allon. It stars Jack Whitehall, stand-up comedian and star of the TV series Fresh Meat, and Laura Donnelly, a TV, theatre and film actor whose recent credits include Dread, Merlin, Missing and The Fall. Jack and Laura play Red and Rosa in a bedroom scene at the start of a tempestuous, tragic relationship. Tomori hope the screening at LSFF and other festivals will result in a deal to finance a full-length feature film of the novel.

Martyn Bedford commented:

The Houdini Girl has been under option with various film production companies since it was published in 1999 but this is the closest it has come to getting made, so it’s very exciting.”