About Me

About Me…

I started writing full-time for film, TV and theatre after completing a PhD in animation. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some great storytellers, including – Aardman Animations, Rising Sun Pictures, Warp X, Lampshade Collective, Optimism Film and December Media. 

From the Northwest of England my work is character driven with stories that surround me. We all have stories to tell!

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INCOMING: Words of War, a 6 part web series was selected for SERIESFEST Digital Shorts Competition for its World Premier. The series is my debut as a writer/director and has been screened globally, receiving several nominations and wins, including Best Director at the Asia Web Awards.

How to watch!

YouTube

Vimeo

Official Website

We featured on AACTA Connect and showcased by Blackmagic Design in a recent press release.

We have started production on the second season Incoming Words of War: The Wives with filming starting in June 2022.

BROTHERS has completed a series of workshops and had its world premiere at Adelaide Fringe Festival 2022, with several rave ★★★★ 1/2 reviews.

The play heads to Edinburgh Fringe with nine shows at the Zoo Playground (5-14 August). Produced by Little Red Fox Productions, directed by Peter Newling, with brothers Daniel O’Kane and Liam O’Kane attached.

Liam Seymour – Incoming Words of War

Screen

Great Barrier Reef, IMAX, narrated by Eric Bana and produced by Emmy and BAFTA-winning studio, December Media is touring internationally.

I have a trilogy of short films, based on my stage play ‘Strawberry’, produced by Choo Choo Productions receive a successful festival run. Including a world premiere of Half of Me at St Kilda Film Festival and nominated for Best Screenplay at Maverick Film Awards. All of Me reached the final at Lorne Film Festival and all three films were officially selected for Sydney World Film Festival and Geelong International Film Festival.

Theatre

Strawberry has been published with Australian Plays and had a world premiere season run in 2019, Williamstown Little Theatre, Melbourne, Australia.  Half of Me, a one-act monologue, was one of six selected for the PlaySix Festival.  Be Someone Today, a one-act play, has been selected by Manchester ADP ‘Script Aloud’ (2019) and was shortlisted (reaching top 7%) Supernova 8 Festival of One-Act Plays, Bench Theatre, UK.

Brothers – Daniel O’Kane and Liam O’Kane – WLT Preview 2022

Rocket (2019) was selected for Madwomen Monologues, Baggage Productions and one of 20 selected Voices of Women Live Articulate (2020). Punched (2020) has been selected for Short Works Series, Wyndham Theatre and PlaySix (2020).

Links to:  Screen Australia,  IMDb and LinkedIn

Strawberry is published and licensed through Australian Plays.

If you would like further information about anything you’ve seen from the website or would like to request my writer’s portfolio, you can contact me HERE or Email

FILMOGRAPHY

Q&A Series fest

Cast and Crew

Brothers – Play (2021) Writer

  • Melbourne Fringe, Gasworks Art Park, Oct 2021 (cancelled – Covid)
  • Williamstown Little Theatre (Preview) 4 & 5 March, 2022 (sold out)
  • Adelaide Fringe Festival, Bakehouse Theatre, March, 2022
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Zoo Playground, August, 2022

Incoming: Words of War (Web Series) Writer | Director |Co-producer

  • SeriesFest, Digital Shorts Competition: Drama, Official Selection, USA (2021)
  • Seoul Web Festival, Official Selection, South Korea (2021)
  • Seoul Web Festival, Nomination, Best Dramedy, WINNER (2021)
  • Seoul Web Festival,Nomination, Best Actor – Cam Faull (2021)
  • LA Independent Women Film Awards, Official Selection, LA, USA (2021)
  • Baltimore New Media Web Fest, Official Selection, USA (2021)
  • NZ WebFest, Official Selection, International Fiction, New Zealand (2021)
  • NZ WebFest, Nomination, Best Ensemble, International, New Zealand (2021)
  • NZ WebFest, Nomination, Best Director, International, New Zealand (2021)
  • British Web Awards, Official Selection, London, UK (2021)
  • Montelupo Film Festival, Official Selection, Italy (2021)
  • British Web Awards – WINNER – Best Actress – Samantha Hill, London, UK
  • British Web Awards – Nomination – Best Screenplay – Kerry Drumm, London, UK
  • British Web Awards – Nomination – Best Concept, London, UK
  • British Web Awards – WINNER – Best Ensemble Cast, London, UK
  • British Web Awards – Nomination – Best Web Film, London, UK
  • Asia Web Awards – Official Selection, South Korea (2021)
  • Baltimore New Media Web Festival, Nomination, Best Dramedy, USA (2021)
  • WorldWide Women’s Film Festival, Official Selection, USA (2021)
  • Asia Web Awards – Nomination – Best Actress- Samantha Hill, South Korea (2021)
  • Asia Web Awards – Nomination – Best Actor- Cam Faull, South Korea (2021)
  • Asia Web Awards – Nomination – Best Screenplay – Dramedy, South Korea (2021)
  • Asia Web Awards – Nomination – Best Screenplay – Drama, South Korea (2021)
  • Asia Web Awards – WINNER – Best Director, (Drama), Kerry Drumm, South Korea (2021)
  • Asia Web Awards – Nomination – Best Ensemble, South Korea (2021)
  • Asia Web Awards – Nomination – Best Drama, South Korea (2021)
  • Indie Series Awards – Nomination – Best Series International, LA, USA (2022)
  • Indie Series Awards – Nomination – Best Writing in a Drama, LA USA (2022)
  • Cusco WebFest – Official Selection – Best Micro Series, (2022)
  • Kalakari Film Festival – Official Selection, India (2022)
  • DC WebFest – Official Selection, USA (2022)
  • DC WebFest – Bronze Award in Drama, USA (2022)
  • DC WebFest – Social Impact Award (2022)

Great Barrier Reef – Documentary/Short Film (IMAX/Giant Screen) Co-Writer

  • Currently touring the USA and Internationally (2018/19)
  • Beijing International Film Festival – WINNER of Most Creative Art
  • Wildlife International Film Festival – official selection

Strawberry – Full-length PLAY (2020) Writer

  • Selected by Australia Plays catalogue for purchasing and license. 
  • World Premiere, Williamstown Little Theatre – 16 performances, 4th – 21st September.
  • Williamstown’s 2019 VDL nominated play. 
  • 1 of 65, from 700 submissions to reach the second round at Bush Theatre, London, UK.

Rocket – Short Play (2019) Writer

  • Madwomen Monologues, Melbourne, Australia – (2019)
  • Clearway: The StoriesVoices of Women – (2020) 

Punched – Short Play (2020) Writer

  • Turn Point Theatre, London, ‘Tickle & Scratch’ theme Beneath the Surface. 
  • PlaySix Festival, Melbourne, Australia, Cracked Actor Productions & Brinwood Theatre. 
  • Short Work Series, Wyndham Theatre, Australia

Half of Me – Short Play (2017/18) Writer

  • Play Six Festival, Melbourne, Australia
  • Reached the final round of Reboot theatre, UK 
  • Reached the final round at Canal Shorts, UK

Half of Me – Short Film (2019/20) Writer | Co-producer

  • St Kilda Film Festival – Oscar Accredited, official selection, Australia
  • Rome Film Awards – official selection, Rome, Italy
  • Short International Film Festival, official selection, Australia
  • Special Mention, UK Seasonal Shorts, UK
  • Short to the Point Film Festival, Narrative Short, Official Selection
  • Moscow Shorts International Film Festival – Official Selection, Russia
  • London Independent Film Festival ‘Best Actress – Lee McClenaghan’ WINNER
  • Sanctuary International Film FestivalOfficial Selection, Australia
  • Maverick Movie Awards, LA, ‘Best Screenplay – Kerry Drumm’, USA Official Selection
  • Maverick Movie Awards, LA, ‘Best Actress – Lee McClenaghan’, USA, Official Selection
  • Rome Prisma Independent Film Awards, Official Selection
  • Maverick Movie Awards, LA ‘Best Short Film’, Official Selection, USA,
  • Sydney World Film Festival, Official Selection, Australia
  • Geelong International Film Festival, Official Selection, Australia

Half of Her – Short Film (2019/20) Writer | Co-producer

  • Shorts International Film Festival – official selection, Australia
  • Sydney World Film Festival, Official Selection, Australia
  • Geelong International Film Festival, Official Selection, Australia

All of Me – Short Film (2019/20) Writer | Co-producer

  • Shorts International Film Festival – official selection, Australia
  • Lorne Film Festival – official selection and Finalist
  • Sydney World Film Festival, Official Selection, Australia
  • Geelong International Film Festival, Official Selection, Australia

Be Someone Today – One ACT Play (2019) Writer | Co-producer

  • Script Aloud, ADP, Manchester, selected performance.
  • Shortlisted (7%) Supernova 8 Festival of One-Act Plays, Bench Theatre, UK

Crash Test Divorce – Short Film (2017) Writer | Co-producer

  •  OZFLIX, selected for online streaming LINK.

Tanked – sample Writer

  • Invited by WE ARE MOVING STORIES to film 3 mins and remains TOP TEN most watched from 1000 short films. 
  • Selected by Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) to pitch TANKED with director Katrina Mathers.

For more information related to my PhD The Art of Persuasion: A Critical Survey of British Animated Information Films (1939-2009)’, you can Email me directly or alternatively contact Loughborough University

  • Re-Imagining Animation: The Changing Face of the Moving Image, 2008, Paul Wells & Johnny Hardstaff, Fairchild Books AVA
  • Stop Motion: Passion, Process and Performance, 2007, Barry J, C, Purves, Focal Press
  • The Fundamentals of Animation, 2006, Paul Wells, Fairchild Books AVA

Samples of my illustration work can be found HERE

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