Meet The Jury

SCOTT PAYNE

About Scott

Scott has worked in mental health for about 30 years now. He moved from Leeds to Northern Ireland about 9 years ago to take up a new challenge as Consultant  in Addiction Psychiatry. 

 

Films have always been important to Scott: watching them, reading about them and discussing them. He is a proud member of a Film Club which has survived for over 15 years; which he finds are a great opportunity to get together with old friends, have some craic and learn about each other through their often wildly different interpretations of the same movie. 

 

Films for Scott can play an important part in helping people survive and recover from mental illness, from the escapism they offer to the insights they often bring. 

PADDY C. COURTNEY

About Paddy

Paddy C. Courtney is an actor, writer and voice over artist based in Dublin, Ireland. He began his working life as an accountant, working for a number of companies from a freight firm to EMI Music, before taking the unknown leap into the world of entertainment in 1998.

 

He spent fifteen years working the stage as a stand-up comic, across various national and international festivals, including five years at the Edinburgh Fringe. Working at night gave Paddy the opportunity to go back to school to learn new skills of acting and writing. He hung up his comedy mic in 2011 to concentrate on acting and writing.

 

He continues to work as an actor; recent credits include the multi award winning feature film ‘A Bump Along The Way,’ and the TV drama series ‘The South Westerlies,’ which is due for release in the US and Ireland, later this year. He is also a much in demand voice over artist for various brands, as well as being employed as station voice for a national television station and a national radio station.

 

Paddy’s writing career is a varied, he has always viewed himself as a story teller and has been fortunate enough to tell stories across various media from newspaper columnist to writing scripts and sketches for stage, radio, film and television.

 

He was co-creator and writer of the children’s television show ‘Dig In Diner’ for RTE television, (100 x 10 minutes) and co-creator and writer of the comedy drama ‘Paddywhackery’ for TG4 (6 x 30 minutes). His most recent writing credits include ‘Jessy & Nessy’ a preschool animation for Amazon Prime, due on air in March/April 2020, and the historical comedy sketch show ‘Blasts From The Past’ for RTE television, which is currently in production. 

 

Paddy was also honoured and delighted to write a short play for Ireland’s national theatre, the Abbey Theatre in January 2020, his play ‘Political Circus’ was commissioned along with five other first time theatre writers. All plays were staged on one night in front of a sell out audience.

 

He is currently working on a number of projects, one is the adaptation of Emma Quigley’s YA novel ‘Bank,’ which is in development with Ripple World Pictures as a six part television drama and he is also developing a four part magical drama series with the illusionist RUA and Dearg Films.

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