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SA's Mark Middlewick wins Jameson First Shot competition

The South African writer director has won the chance to work with Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti of 'Fifty Shades' fame.

Mark Middlewick on set filming 'The Mascot' in Los Angeles. Photo: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - South African Jameson First Shot winner Mark Middlewick was short listed from 1,750 contestants. He shares his win with Travis Calvert from the US and Stephan Tempier from Canada.

This internationally acclaimed short film competition gives undiscovered filmmakers a real chance to break into the film industry. Following in the footsteps of Kevin Spacey, Willem Dafoe and Uma Thurman, this year the chosen three will be directing Academy Award winner, Adrien Brody, as the lead in their films, all with the backing and expertise of production company, Trigger Street Productions.

Middlewick's short film script entitled The Mascot tells the story of Adam, the mascot for the basketball team the Pittsburgh Pandas who takes his part-time job very seriously, until he is fired and decides to confront the man that has replaced him.

Middlewick also had the opportunity to spend time with the competition's creative director and producer, Kevin Spacey, and Dana Brunetti (Fifty Shades of Grey producer).

The Mascot will premiere in Los Angeles at the end of June and will be available thereafter for viewing on www.ewn.co.za.

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