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Action On The Side began in July 2013 as the brainchild of James Doherty, as a way to meet more filmmakers to work with on his own projects. The group decided to make two shorts: RECONSTRUCTION, which James produced, and ELLE FATALE, which Patricia Hetherington produced. James invited Patricia onboard to co-run the project for October 2013. James moved to focus on his own filmmaking pursuits. Patricia has been running the project since under her company, Busy Kiwi Productions.

The project has developed to focus on skills development and training for both new and experienced filmmakers. 

Action On The Side has had over 100 participants and has produced 3-4 films per year since its inception.

In 2016, we began to run Script Development sessions to help writers develop their screenplays. 

In 2018, we began our internship programme, offering producers training to new filmmakers.

In 2020, we are running our first project outside of London. 

We look forward to our new projects and ventures

Pete Giblin

“I hugely recommend this. I wrote and directed the last project. It taught me a hell of a lot, made some great friends, we’re making more films together as well, the film came out better than we’d imagined, and I had a lot of fun. If you want to get yourself on a set and not sure how, if you have a script you have to see on screen, if you want to widen your network of film makers – get involved in this project.”

Pete Giblin - Writer/Director, Exposure, AOTS JUN17

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