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Simon Bates

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Simon Bates knew he wanted to write and direct films ever since he discovered his Dad’s Super 8 camera in the attic and started filming his brother falling out of trees. He started acting at school and directing plays in university. He decided to get a job in the film industry, then chickened out and got a proper job instead. In his spare time he made short films, the last of which played in festivals around the world and was nominated for prizes at a couple.

This gave him the confidence to finally quit his job and give the film thing a proper go last August.

In May this year he had a screenplay optioned by an established Hollywood production company. Off the back of that he was commissioned to write a $20 million action movie scheduled to shoot in Hawaii next year. Watch this space!

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