Sue Moore – Woman’s Weekly Article

Here’s a transcription of Sue Moore’s Woman’s Weekly feature (30 July 2019) in which she talks about her career and Do Something, Jake. Thanks to Melanie Jones PR for organising this…

‘I’ve been a gun-toting granny and a woman who was possessed’

Determined to stay busy, Sue Moore, 71, from Melton Mowbray, turned to acting. We all have pivotal moments in our lives. For me, this moment was when my husband, Stephen, died in January 2013 – after a debilitating struggle with cancer. At the time, I was 65, and had been working in the Council as a data administrator for almost 35 years.

In the months that followed, I decided to retire to do something outlandishly different: I didn’t want to sit at home moping and feeling raw about Stephen all the time. I wanted to be busy.

In the end, I decided to study Acting. I love the way that the arts can help give people a break from their ordinary lives. After some research, I found Birmingham Theatre School which offers a one-year Acting course. I rang the principal and told him I was 65. ‘So what?’ he replied.

I was the oldest student by far – the rest of the class was aged 18 – 22, but when I started the course in September 2013, I found everyone welcoming – and learnt a few new words I’d never heard before!

During the course, I mucked in; painting sets and heaving props about. We went on a schools tour in Birmingham in early 2014, performing Shakespeare’s Macbeth – and I took on multiple parts: a king, a witch, a doctor and several different servants. It was manic, but I kept up the pace.

Once qualified, I joined professional agencies, determined that this would be a new career. Of course, I’m very fortunate that I have a pension. If I had to earn a living from acting, I’d be sleeping in a tent and eating baked beans!

I was astounded when my very first audition landed me a part in the film Do Something, Jake, where I played a grumpy old woman. The film was released in 2018 and won an award.

Life as an actor is certainly never dull: I’ve been murdered four times; had a heart-attack in the bath; been a gun-toting granny, and an old woman who was possessed!

At my age, the more things I can try, the better I like it.

Catch Sue Moore in Do Something, Jake OUT NOW on Blu-ray & DVD

Global Distribution and Festival Screenings

Do Something, Jake was very well received at the Southend and New Forest Film Festivals recently, with a lot of interest being shown in the genre and the way in which the film was made.

Southend Film Festival
Great weather greeted us in the popular seaside town. This was our first visit to the renowned festival headed up by film professional, Paul Cotgrove, who attracts a big following to this outstanding annual event. The festival encompasses a wide range of independent films, including classics from yesteryear. We were lucky enough to catch screenings of Under the Radar and Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records, both very fine documentaries. If you’re a film fan, put this festival on your list for 2020!

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New Forest Film Festival
Do Something, Jake was also screened at The Malt Cinema in Lymington, Hampshire. A fantastic occasion with a splash of red carpet action! Excellent event organisation, perfect cinema projection, and an attentive audience made for a memorable visit to this upcoming – and soon to be BIG – Hampshire festival. The audience had many questions to ask about our crazy project as part of the post-screening Q&A, and what a lovely bunch of people they were! Again, watch out for this event in 2020!

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Worldwide Distribution
Yes, we have achieved the seemingly impossible: made a film with a zero-budget, which is now heading for global distribution via an online and Blu-ray/DVD release! Further theatrical screenings are also a possibility. We’re now preparing the material for delivery and then we’ll have more details about the release dates, links, etc.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this project since 2015 and stuck with it!

#DoSomethingJake

Festival news for spring and summer 2019

We’re delighted to announce that Do Something, Jake is part of the Official Selection at the Southend Film Festival!

See Do Something, Jake in a 250-seat auditorium at the Park Inn by Radisson Palace, a large Edwardian hotel overlooking Southend seafront and pier!

Date: 25th May 2019, 3:30pm

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Also coming up is the New Forest Film Festival (Hampshire) in June 2019 where Do Something, Jake will be screened.

See Do Something, Jake in the Malt Cinema, The Lymington Centre,
Lymington, Hampshire (UK) plus Live Q&A following the screening.

Date: 10th June 2019, 7:15pm

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Raya Films will also be representing Do Something, Jake and other films on their slate at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 – See you at this most prestigious of international festivals!

Do Something, Jake wins Best Feature!

We’re delighted to announce that Do Something, Jake has won Best Feature at the Midlands Movies Awards 2019! Thank you to the wonderful Mia Mills (who plays ‘Alice’ in the film) for picking up the award on behalf of everyone involved! #DoSomethingJake #MidlandsMovies

“Producing Do Something, Jake has been a battle with many ups and downs, but we’ve also had great support from many passionate film enthusiasts, which makes receiving this award so special for all involved.” — James Smith

Success on the Big Screen!

Do Something, Jake has been a clear success following the World and London Premieres. The recent Mountsorrel event attracted another enthusiastic crowd and further screenings are planned from May 2019 in the south of England. The demand and enthusiasm for this crazy ‘indie film’ has even taken us by surprise. Can you believe that global distribution is now on the cards!

Do keep posting and sharing on social media, and we will let you know when screenings and online/DVD/Blu-ray releases are about to happen!

“Didn’t know what to expect but was very enjoyable. Thanks to all involved in the production and the staff at the [MMC] centre.” — Jo Waddingham

“Loved the cinematography and the acting was great.” — Stella J (Theatre Director)

“Such a pleasure to work with yourself and caroline. It was a fantastic build-up to the night and the tech worked 100% look forward to working with you all again very soon.” — Chris Reeves (MMC Venue Manager)

Thank you for #SupportingIndieFilm #DoSomethingJake