Wes in the local papers! Bafta award winning TV Film stills Liverpool.

A short personal story about providing TV Film stills photography for Bafta Award Winning Film – Kelly and Victor and ending up in my Local papers. By Wes Simpson.

Last week I experienced a mix of pride and excitement when I pulled up at the local Shell garage and seen my face printed on the front page of my local newspaper; The Skelmersdale Champion, which is a newspaper for the people of Lancashire together with a feature interview inside the Liverpool Echo newspaper. The editor had picked up on my involvement in a feature film called Kelly and Victor which won a Bafta at the film awards. My involvement in the film – all be it a small one, was to provide ‘TV Film Stills’, behind the scenes and publicity photography for the feature film which was filmed on location in Liverpool. The newspaper picked up on the story through social media and I was called and asked if it was ok if they did a small “local interest story” on me, so you can imagine my surprise Tuesday morning when myself and friends pulled up at the local garage to see my face on the front page of a local newspaper stand. The following few day’s resulted in a bit of mickey taking from friends and family over the ‘youthfull’ picture that was used in the article, with people claiming it was an old picture that was taken few years ago, (ha ha it wasn’t… honest).

Below is the front page article take from the Champion news paper written by Henry James, link available Here

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Photographer Wes’s Simpson role in Bafta-winning film.

A PHOTOGRAPHER based in Liverpool and Lancashire is celebrating after a film which he worked on was among the winners at the star-studded British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards night at the Royal Opera House in London this week.

Wes Simpson provided TV Film stills, press, publicity and behind-the-scenes photography for the comedy, Kelly and Victor, directed by Welsh director Kieran Evans who received the prize for Outstanding Debut by a British writer, director or producer at the prestigious ceremony.

Kelly and Victor tells the story of a young couple embarking on a passionate love affair. An adaptation of Niall Griffiths’ acclaimed novel, it was filmed on location in Liverpool for Film Four and stars Janine Marmot. Wes, who was asked to work on the film through word-of-mouth recommendation, was delighted to be associated with such a high-profile success. And although his was a strictly minor role, he believes it is a compliment nevertheless. He said:

“On a personal note, I’m thrilled to be connected to any project that strives for success. To have been asked to be involved with a film that has gone on to win a Bafta is amazing. My involvement in this film – albeit a small one – is a great compliment to my career. I would love to be involved in providing more TV film stills for productions filming in Liverpool.  This award and recognition for the local film industry is fantastic and hopefully it will mean that more money and further projects will be available for local up-and-coming directors, writers, crew and of course photographers. It also highlights Merseyside as a 1st rate filming destination.”

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The 35-year-old wasn’t at the Royal Opera House for the awards but he has been sent a copy of the DVD in the post with a personal note thanking him for his efforts. Wes trained with the BBC as a television cameraman and has worked in that role on TV productions including Brookside, Hollyoaks, Shameless and Emmerdale. He later set up Wes Simpson Photography – A professional photography service specialising weddings and commercial photography which has seen his commercial work feature in the national press and weekly glossies through photographing live music concerts for stars including Pink, Paul Weller and Morrissey. Wes himself has also appeared on Television in the role of the featured photographer on the Channel 5 show, Celebrity Wedding Planner starring Kerry Katona and Jedwood.

Wes Simpson is a professional photographer based in Lancashire, Liverpool and Manchester providing professional images for weddings, commercial photography and TV/Film and publicity stills. For more information please visit the Website.