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Space science fiction take on Jonah wins national film competition

Aurora Fearnley, from Southwark, has won The Pitch film competition this year with her space science fiction film idea ‘Pulsar’ ...

Aurora Fearnley (right), from Southwark, has won The Pitch film competition this year with her space science fiction film idea Pulsar.

The film idea based on the story of Jonah was pitched by Aurora (32) to a panel of five judges at Pinewood film studios during the competition finals last weekend (11/12 January 2014).

Aurora’s film idea is a character-driven story of a proud planetary ambassador – a coward who discovers his courage.

Jonah’s last mission before retirement is to persuade the war-torn planet Nineveh to join the Galactic Union. See more on Pulsar.

Aurora has won the opportunity to develop her film idea with production support from The Pitch and a budget of £25,000.

"I’m shocked! I’ve been here so many times, but I’ve never actually won before, so this is a new feeling," said Aurora. "Every year I know I’ve been better at pitching and I’ve picked up tools and techniques each time to improve. I know it’s an ambitious idea and I know I’ve set myself a challenge, but I’m really excited about the journey of the film.”

Actor and Pitch judge David Gyasi commented: "Essentially, it was the story and the character that really grabbed me; along with the way she has translated the original text to a modern and futuristic setting. I could really envisage the film and the audience who it will appeal to."

Luke Walton, the project’s Director, said; "Each year the standard rises and this year it has been harder than ever to select a winner. Aurora has chosen a great Bible story – the story of Jonah.  She looked deep inside the story and what goes on inside the whale. Her vision, emotion and clarity won her the top prize."

The Pitch is a film competition with a unique challenge. Entrants have to come up with a contemporary film idea drawing on the Bible for inspiration.

Amongst the entries this year were thrillers, children’s adventure, comedy and crime drama whilst adhering to the source text of The Bible. Some were based on Bible classics such as Jonah and the Whale and the resurrection of Lazarus, whilst others used lesser known characters.

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