STUTTERER Oscar Winning Short Film 2016

Irish/British film STUTTERER
Listen to the interview with Benjamin Cleary on the Britflicks Podcast http://www.britflicks.com/blog.aspx?b…

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The heartfelt Irish/British drama Stutterer is the brainchild of three filmmakers, writer/director Benjamin Cleary, producer Shan Christopher Ogilvie and producer Serena Ermitage. This remarkable film about a young man’s difficulties dating with a severe stutter is winning multiple awards and has now won an Oscar in the Academy Awards.

A lonely typographer with a cruel speech impediment but an eloquent inner voice must face his greatest fear. A roller-coaster ride of joy, doubt and romance in the digital age.


Matthew Needham (Sherlock) stars as Greenwood, Chloe Pirrie (The Game) and Eric Richard (The Bill) as Greenwood’s dad. Irish writer/director Benjamin Cleary graduated with an MA from the London Film School in 2011 and only a year later his writing led him to win the BlueCat short screenplay competition in Los Angeles. Stutterer is the first film this talented young man has directed. Cleary’s father and brother suffered with this condition growing up. Serena Armitage produces and directs for many of Britain’s biggest television networks, including ITV. Her work includes popular shows like Come Dine with Me, Piers Morgan’s Life Stories and the BAFTA nominated TV series Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs. Producer Shan Christopher Ogilvie founded Bare Golly Films to bring to life unique, compelling characters and stories that tap into the heart of the shared human experience. He studied Film at University of Westminster and creates brand videos and factual content, recently shooting a documentary for Channel 5 on Moors Murderer Ian Brady.

The film was made on shoestring budget of just five thousand pounds, the director rented his room for two months and slept on a friends couch, so every penny could be put into making Stutterer. Stutterer has been selected for almost thirty prestigious film festivals and took home the Best Foreign Film prize from the Oscar qualifying Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, the Special Jury Award at Savannah Film Festival, Best International Short Film Prize at Kerry Film Festival, the Best Drama Award at Aesthetica Short Film Festival and many more. Now the world is waiting to see if this wonderful British film will be nominated for a 2016 Academy Award.

Winner – 88th Academy Awards 2016_
Winner – BEST SHORT FILM – London Critics Circle Award 2016_
Winner – BEST FOREIGN FILM at LA Shorts Fest 2015_
Winner – AUDIENCE AWARD at the DC Shorts Film Festival 2015_
Winner – AUDIENCE AWARD at OFFLine Film Festival 2015_
Winner – JURY SPECIAL MENTION AWARD at OFFLine Film Festival 2015_
Winner – SPECIAL JURY AWARD at the Savannah Film Festival 2015_
Winner – AUDIENCE AWARD at Kerry Film Festival 2015_
Winner – BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM at Kerry Film Festival 2015_
Winner – SECOND FICTION PRIZE at Fesancor Chile International Film Festival 2015_
Winner – BEST ACTOR for Matthew Needham at Fesancor Chile International Film Festival 2015_
Winner – BEST DRAMA at Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015_

Official Selection 2015:

Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, UK (Sept)
Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, (Sept)
Vancouver International Film Festival, CAN (Sept)
Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, USA (Aug)
DC Shorts Film Festival (Washington DC), USA (Sept)
Galway International Film Fleadh, IRL (July)
Edmonton International Film Festival, CAN (Oct)
Savannah Film Festival, USA (Oct)
Heartland Film Festival, USA (Oct)
Leeds International Film Festival, UK (Nov)
London Short Film Festival, UK (Jan)
Aesthetica Film Festival, UK, (Nov)
Seminci: Valladollid Film Festival, ESP, (Oct)
Bend Film Festival, USA, (Oct)
Kerry Film Festival, IRL, (Oct)
Offline Film Festival, IRL, (Oct)
Fesancor – International Short Film Festival of Chile, CHL, (Oct)
Show Me Shorts Film Festival, NZL, (Nov)
Tallgrass Film Festival, USA, (Oct)
Minimalen Film Festival, NOR, (Jan)

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Written, Directed & Edited by Benjamin Cleary
Starring Matthew Needham & Chloe Pirrie
Produced by Serena Armitage & Shan Christopher Ogilvie (email: serena@baregolly.com / shan@baregolly.com)
Director of Photography – Michael Paleodimos (email: michael.paleodimos@gmail.com)
Original Music by Nico Casal (email: nicocasal@gmail.com)
Sound Editor – Gustaf Jackson (gustafjackson.com)
Foley Artist – James Latimer (jamesdlatimer.com)

Crazy Guitar Man Versus Stutterers In Frankfurt Am Main!

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We are so lucky to be situated in central Europe, as we had many members and new students coming from all over the world; this time we had people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Georgia via the Czech Republic, Ireland, The Netherlands, Holand, Pakistan, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, the UK and the USA. The course was truly an international mix that represents and reflects the McGuire Programme internationally. The McGuire techniques and methods work in any language – so don’t be afraid to join us in Germany! We have many members from Germany (true German natives) that are willing and able to assist you if you don’t understand something or need something translated. Joining us is also a great opportunity to put your English to the test and maybe even learn a few phrases from native English speakers! That’s how I’m learning German, from native German speakers.

During the 3-Days working on our speech and getting our stutters under control, we witnessed instant progression from all the graduates and from the new students. Through consistent hard-work, learning new techniques and developing and habituating newly learnt good speaking and communication habits.

From day one you could see that any tension, stress, anxiety or fear that was present on the Wednesday evening had disappeared from the new students. A new expression of ‘release’ was seen by all and all the old bad habits were gradually disappearing.

When we say it’s a 3-Day course, we also state that’s it’s 3-Days of intensive work on your speech; those 3-Days actually add up to roughly 42 Hours of working on your speech. Well over the average working week. And that’s excluding the hours outside the speech training room, where you are always with a McGuire coach and as we say “Every-time you speak is an opportunity to use technique.” and a coach is there to keep you on track 24/7.

We are truly the lucky ones as not many people get to witness peoples live changing in front of them! We get to see this transformation of people from out of control stutterers to disciplined, controlled confident people. The McGuire Programme really does change the lives of people who stutter and not just their lives but the lives of their families, friends, colleagues and beyond.

You might be wondering why I called this news report ‘Crazy Guitar Man Versus Stutterers in Frankfurt am Main!’. Well, during our public speaking session on the Saturday of the course we had a visitor. A local street entertainer, who decided to steal the spotlight from one of our coaches by entertaining the crowd with his acoustic rendition of god know what with vocal and spirited lyrics! We had the camcorder still running – here’s a few screen-grads for your enjoyment. The full video is available below – this might go viral (so watch this space).

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But don’t let that turn you off joining us! If you know someone who stutters or if you are a person who stutters, please get in touch with us, we are here to help and we love to help. Please get in touch with your local regional director via phone, email, text message – whatever method you prefer but don’t wait! Life’s too short to wait for something to happen –  do it now!

“Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” – Wayne Dyer 

We have another two courses lined-up for 2016, the first of which is in June in Düsseldorf and the last but not least will be held in Berlin this coming October 2016. I hope you can join us and start to change your life for the better.

There is no dream that is too big to achieve.

Contact Emmet O’Connell, the Regional Director in Germany via: emmet.oconnell@mcguireprogramme.com

Stutterers ‘Trick Or Treating’ in Frankfurt am Main!!!

Trick Or Treating In Frankfurt Am Main!!!
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Süßes oder Saures! We held a small intimate course in Frankfurt am Main, Germany from 28.-31. October 2015. This was my 08th time instructing an intensive course, the 02nd in the Germany Region and it was the smallest course that I have ever experienced. Even though it was small it didn’t effect the McGuire dynamic and the course was no diffident from anyother course that I’ve experienced in my 12 years on the programme.

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We had people from all over the world – Ireland, Germany, the USA, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Russia, Georgia via the Czech Republic and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The course was truly an international mix that represents and reflects the McGuire Programme internationally and it was a course full of commitment, dedication and courage from the new students, the refreshers (refreshers are members attending their second course) and returning graduate members.

Aristotle believed courage to be the most important quality in mankind. “Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others (human virtues) possible,” he wrote. Ernest Hemingway also put it that courage is “grace under pressure.” And, it seems, we can make ourselves more courageous with practice and effort and boy did that show during this course for all the attendees.

During the three intensive days working on our speech and getting our stutters under control, we all witnessed progression from all the graduates and new students attending. Through constant work, learning and drilling the McGuire techniques and developing and habituating newly learnt habits. The tension, stress, anxiety and fear had all disappeared. All the old bad habits were disappearing and a new experience of playing in the sport of speaking begins!

When it comes to fear, psychologist Noam Shpancer said, “the only way out is through”. And it’s true: One of the most effective ways to banish fear is to repeatedly force yourself to face what you’re afraid of. Research has found that this repeated exposure lowers the psychological fear response until it is more manageable or in some cases gone. Afraid of public speaking? Practicing giving a talk in front of a group will help bolster your courage when faced with speaking engagements of any size. And we do this in spades on a McGuire Programme course!!!

“Exposure is hands down the most successful way to deal with phobias, anxiety disorders, and everyday fears of any sort,” Stanford neuroscientist Philippe Goldin via Lifehacker.

Not many people get to witness firsthand, people bettering themselves. We get to see this on very McGuire course we attend. We see the transformation of people who join the programme for the first time, from out of control stutterers to disciplined, controlled confident people and this is truly amazing. The McGuire Programme really does change the lives of people who stutter.

If you are a person who stutters or if you know someone who stutters please get in touch with us, we are here to help. Get in touch with your local regional director via phone, email, text message!

That was our last course of 2015! Roll on 2016 – we have three courses lined-up, the first of which is in February in Hamburg, the second in June in Düsseldorf and the last but not least in October in Berlin. I hope you can join us and start to change your life for the better.

The McGuire Effect. . . Like Ripples In A Pond!

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The McGuire Effect. . . Like Ripples In A Pond!

I feel privileged. How many people get a chance to have a positive effect on so many people and get the opportunity to change peoples lives for the better. To witness the transformation of people who join the programme for the first time, from out of control stutterers to disciplined, controlled confident people is truly amazing. The McGuire Programme really does change the lives of people who stutter and has been doing so for over 20 years. This transformation in people who stutter has a knock-on-effect, as it effects positively on close family members and friends to relatives, work colleagues, school mates and on the persons social life. It’s like a spiders-web-effect, you could think of it as sort of a web of effect. Everything we do has multiple effects that spread out from ourselves like the strands of a spider web, or like ripples in a pond. Your actions affect other people, altering their behaviours in big and small ways that in turn affect others, and so on. It is such a remarkable experience to witness.

I had the pleasure of instructing my 6th McGuire Intensive Course, this time in Düsseldorf, Germany from 15.-18. July 2015. This was a milestone course for the McGuire Programme, as it was our first course in a brand new region for the programme, Germany. We had a great mix of people from far and wide, people came from Russia, Georgia, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland, UK, Pakistan and The Czech Republic. A truly international mix that represents the real nature of our International Programme. We have over 7.000 members worldwide in places such as Canada, USA, Mexico, Latin America, Spain, Ireland, UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Scandinavia, Africa, Middle East, India, Australia and New Zealand. Of our 7.000 members, over 300 are active speech coaches, working voluntarily with graduate members of the programme on a daily basis, over Skype, Viber, WhatApp and more importantly face-to-face.

These members and coaches are free to attend any of the courses held worldwide and they come back to courses to work on their own speech as well as helping, guiding and motivating the New Students and existing members.

We had a fantastic three intensive days working on our speech and getting to control our stutters. It was great witnessing the New Students progression from day one to day three, through constant work, learning and drilling-in the new habits. The New Students even surprised themselves when they first started to speak using the new techniques, you could see the positivity light up their faces as they realised the methods been taught really worked. The tension, the stress, the anxiety in the New Students faces and body language had all disappeared. You could see happiness, positively and confidence in their eyes and smiles. A new experience with the sport of speaking.

Accomplishing anything great in life requires significant change that pushes us beyond our comfort zones. And for many people who stutter, our comfort zones can be very small and even saying something as simple as your name or ordering food in a restaurant, can be a major hurdle. Small steps can lead to big results. This programme gives you the techniques, the methods and the confidence to go out there and do the things you’ve always wanted to do but couldn’t or wouldn’t do because of a stutter.

“To create more positive results in your life, replace ‘if only’ with ‘next time’.” – Unknown

If you are a person who stutters or if you know someone who stutters please get in touch with us, we are here to help. Get in touch with your local regional director via phone, email, text message! “

“By changing nothing, nothing changes.” – Tony Robbins