A local man from Pitsmoor with Parkinson’s disease hosted his eighth annual film festival at Christ Church in Pitsmoor on Saturday night.

Martin Currie, 55, was diagnosed with the illness over a decade ago, although this didn’t thwart his passion for filmmaking.

A former video editor, he and a group of friends won a music video competition ran by the South Yorkshire Film Network and used the £800 prize to make a number of short films.

It’s now called ‘Cheap Thrills! Zero Budget Film Festival’ and was held at Christ Church, Pitsmoor at 7.30pm on Saturday, with free entry, although many visitors made a donation.

The donations went towards the cost of hosting the event, which Mr Currie estimated was about £200.

He claimed that it began as a joke, but the response from the community was positive. He said: “We’ve done it ever since and it’s my favourite night of the year, it beats Christmas for me.”

This year comprised of 50 short films from all corners of the world, including several “Currie productions” shot in Pitsmoor.

Mr Currie, who worked alongside several others to organise the event, maintained he doesn’t want the event to grow so it sticks to its core of being “zero budget” and “for a great community”.

“It’s a cracking community around here, if you put on event for people to come to, they’ll turn up to it. The support they’ve shown over the years is incredible.

“Pitsmoor doesn’t deserve its reputation. It has its problems and there are some lively characters, but everybody knows everybody and there’s such a wholesome community feel, as tonight demonstrated”.

The night also saw the premiere of the first short film directed by Mr Currie’s eldest son, Frankie.

“It was a proud dad moment and made the night especially important to me”, he said.

A father of 2 boys, aged 16 and 18, Mr Currie has always enjoyed filmmaking with the pair.

“It’s a way of them being able to come down to my level and us effectively playing together without me getting bored. We’ve had some great memories making them, it’s something I’ll always cherish”.



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