Renowned documentary film maker, Joe Pearlman (pictured), whose recently documentary about BROS called ‘After all the screaming stops’ has been announced as just one of the category judges for Marston’s Beer Town Film Festival 2019.

Beer Town Film Festival closed its competition at the end of January with an impressive 739 entries from all over the UK and now all the hard work is over to an impressive array of filmmakers, writers and people involved in the creative arts.

Along with David Soutar, Joe Pearlman hit the headlines last November for their documentary about the 80s band, BROS and the twins Matt and Luke Goss’s reunion 28 years on, having hardly spoken and not played together since their split. Joe has also made the documentaries Mo Farah – No Easy Mile and Mo Farah – Race of his Life, Beyond Bitcoin and Bring Me The Head of Diego Maradona. Joe will judge the short documentary category.

New judges for 2019 also include Giles Alderson, an award-winning producer, director and screenwriter and host of the indie filmmaking podcast; Dom Lenoir, a director and producer who achieved his goal of three features before 30 years old; and Sam Lockyer who has made several programmes for TV and is currently directing his debut feature documentary 501 Not Out which tells the story of cricket’s first global superstar Brian Lara and his incredible world record at Edgbaston in 1994.

Two new local judges join the team this year too: Local teacher and musician, Chris Baldwin is an award-winning musical composer and co-composed the original music for the BAFTA and BIFA award winning feature film, Tyrannosaur and Heather Gallagher an experienced singer, actor and dancer and Principal and Founder of StageScreen in Burton-on-Trent.

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