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Local librarian on track to write rail safety film

08 January 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Northern Rail commissions UCLan script

A local librarian with a passion for scriptwriting will see her work screened across the region after her talents were recognised by Northern Rail.

Sue Moffat, a 45-year-old mother of two from Penwortham, has won an annual competition set by Northern Rail for University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) students to come up with a 50 second film script for rail safety and appropriate behaviour whilst travelling on trains.

The mature student is studying part-time for a degree in creative writing and screen writing alongside her work as a school librarian at Sir Tom Finney Community High School.

Sue pitched an idea for a film showing an impossible race of a man against a train to highlight the dangers of jumping across the tracks. After beating off competition from her fellow students Sue will now work with a professional media company to produce the film with a budget.

“I absolutely love writing and building up my experience; winning this competition is a big confidence boost.”

It is expected to be seen across the North of England in schools, youth groups, colleges, and other Educational Institutions as well as being used as part of the Northern Rail Crime Management Education Package.

Sue commented: “I’m shocked and pleased to have won and I can’t wait to see the final film. I absolutely love writing and building up my experience; winning this competition is a big confidence boost.”

Sue juggles family life and a full-time job with her studies and decided to go to university because she’s always had a passion for creative writing.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m really enjoying it. My children are aged 12 and 14 and are both really proud of my achievements” she said.

“Sue’s pitch tackles a particularly topical issue and I’m sure it will make a big impact when it’s screened.”

It is the fourth year in a row that Northern Rail has asked UCLan’s screenwriting students to pitch a rail safety script and the films produced in the last few years are still used to promote key messages.

David Wilkinson, Community Safety Manager for Northern Rail, commented: “This competition has produced original and quality ideas each year and this is no exception. Sue’s pitch tackles a particularly topical issue and I’m sure it will make a big impact when it’s screened.

“Furthermore the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has asked this year’s UCLan students, lecturer and I to speak about the work we do at their Annual Conference in February which can only further endorse the value of our partnership.”

Sue was presented with an LED crystal vase and a 12 month free pass for Northern Rail. Five other UCLan screenwriting students were also commended and presented with a six month rail pass for Northern Rail. Their film concepts will be considered by the company for future campaigns.