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Janis Pugh

Janis has just delivered her debut film, Chuck Chuck Baby, (BFI/BBC Films). The feature is a musical drama celebrating female love and friendship. It’s a beautiful piece of filmmaking and a terrific debut from an exciting director. She is an award winning writer/director. Janis grew up in North Wales surrounded by dynamic, working-class women. Their tangible force of energy and humour is something she reflects in her work, which explores the beauty and brutality of life. The inclusion of song and music is a significant part of her work. Music is used to convey the wants and desires of her characters. It does more than build mood and atmosphere; it becomes an integral part of the narrative. Janis’s films have screened at festivals worldwide. Her short film BLUE COLLARS AND BUTTERCUPS won the Kodak Creative Filmmaking award. It was screened at Locarno Film Fest, Brest European Film Festival, Tampere International Film Festival and many more. Her operatic short BUTTERFLY (ITV Wales) was nominated for a Welsh BAFTA.