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Manchester lecturer and screenwriter wins major film award

Congratulations to Jonathan Hourigan, Programme Director for MA Screenwriting and co-writer of ‘At the Door of the House Who Will Come Knocking’ which has been presented with The Grand Jury Award for the International Competition at Sheffield DocFest.

The film, directed by Maja Novaković, follows an elderly man living in isolation, weaving together a tapestry of dreamlike visuals as it records the routines of his daily life. Set in the harsh yet beautiful landscape of Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is a poetic meditation on solitude, loneliness and aging, and a rumination on both the impermanence and transience of life at large.

This award is Academy Award accredited and honours films that best display strong artistic vision and courageous storytelling.

The jury said: “With cinematic excellence the director slowly reveals a story of isolation and trauma in a landscape of beauty yet deep historical scars.” 

Read more on the Sheffield DocFest website.

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