14 May, 2008

"Ex-bus driver pens a box office smash"

Newcastle Chronicle:

"HE SPENDS his life putting words into the mouths of others, but a Newcastle scriptwriter was left speechless when his work won a prestigious award for Best European Film.

Martin Herron, 49, of Waterloo Road, Newcastle, turned his hand to writing less than 10 years ago after working in photography, filming and at one point, driving buses. He never imagined it would lead to a glittering array of international gongs.

But his newest work, Irina Palm, starring 60s icon Marianne Faithfull, has already scooped three major awards – two at the Berlin International Film Festival, and Best European Film at the David di Donatello awards."

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Although Irina Palm is set far from Martin’s home city, he says he still draws on his North East roots to create the script.

“There’s a scene in the film based on a shop I used to know when I was a kid,” said Martin, who grew up in Dipton, County Durham. “There was a shopkeeper and lots of gossipy old women in there, which was part of it.”

Martin always dreamed of writing film scripts, and first enjoyed mixing with the stars when he was involved with School for Seduction in 2004.

The film saw Kelly Brook starring as an Italian temptress who sets up an Academy of Seductive Arts in Newcastle to teach Geordies the art of romance.