It's not what you know, it's who you know...
I arranged to meet an actor friend of mine at the venue, Jennifer Nelson; she had been at a casting session earlier in the day, which went well it seems.
Colin director Marc Price was at the event - as a judge it turns out, and he has become a good friend with Jennifer Nelson, following a film making event at the Writers Block in Middlesbrough. He invited us for drinks and we ended up in the same bar as the judges and the director of The Dead, Howard ford, his brother Jon, Imran the musician and the film's star, Rob Freeman.
Howard was very generous with his time and gave us lots of advice on breaking into the business; Rob was fantastic company, telling anecdotes of his time on the film and life in general and Marc Price was as down to earth as ever, such a lovely person to know - and hopefully work with, but that's a story for another day...
Here's some links to the film and beyond: