Lymington director awarded Best Comedy at National Film Awards.

The More You Ignore Me will be showcased this summer at the New Forest Film Festival.

The More You Ignore Me Director Keith English with writer and comedian Jo Brand and Producer Debbie Gray of Genesius PicturesLast week at the National Film Awards, Lymington director Keith English was delighted to be part of the team winning best comedy. Written by and starrring leading comedian Jo Brand, 'The More You Ignore Me' was directed by Keith, who lives and works in Lymington. 

Keith (pictured here with Jo Brand and producer Debbie Gray of Genesius Pictures) was delighted to attend the National Film Awards.

"Producer Debbie Gray, Jo Brand and I were surprised and delighted by the win," said Keith. "It was a wonderful moment for the three of us to collect the award at the London event. It’s fantastic that the award was from a public vote as it shows independent films have a special place with audiences around the country."

We've followed the building success story of The More You Ignore Me from the start, announcing the film's launch and following the mounting success as the film rapidly became more and more critically acclaimed. Keith himself has appeared at numerous local screenings to provide a personal insight into the film.

"People in the New Forest will have further chances to see The More You Ignore Me on the big screen during the New Forest Film Festival, taking place 8-16 June," announced Keith. "We hope to see you there!"

TheMoreYouIgnoreMe poster 600x400National Award for Keith's first feature length film! 

'The More You Ignore Me' is Keith's first full length feature film and although quite low budget it was blessed with attracting great actors - Sheridan Smith, Mark Addy, Ella Hunt, Sally Phillips in the starring roles. Keith is well known for his emotional, dramatic and funny work in the world of commercials - and that proved to be a great grounding for the rollercoaster ride of story this is!

“It was wonderful to cut my teeth on such a meaty, but heartwarming story," said Keith. "It’s exactly the kind of film we make so well in this country; distinctive and witty, but with a big heart and a strong message about how mental health issues affect not just the patient, but the family around them. We shot it just outside Blackpool and shows how a small rural family can deal with these things in a very ‘British’ way. The performances are excellent and the tone is tough but heartwarming. It looks good too - the wonderful photography makes it a film you should see in the cinema!"

See The More You Ignore Me at the New Forest Film Festival

The New Forest Film Festival will celebrate films with a New Forest connection, our amazing local creative talent, the variety of venues screening films and the diverse filming locations the New Forest offers.

A big part of the festival will be the Short Film Competition. Film: New Forest have partnered up with local film makers Gary Wronecki and Michael Van Koetsveld, who will be organising the New Forest Film Festival competitive element of the celebration. This is an exciting opportunity for all film makers to submit their short films into one of the seven categories and there will be special "New Forest" awards for local students. Unsurprisingly Keith will be one of the judges! Find more details about the competition here.

Find out more about The More You Ignore Me and Keith English here.