I began my writing career in 1996 with my first published verse and corporate scriptwriting work. I contributed to the popular film music magazine ‘Music from the Movies’ and ‘The Film & TV Yearbook’ before moving into writing and directing my own short films in 2002.
Between 2002 and 2008 I worked in a variety of roles on a series of well-received short films that screened at various film festivals across the UK. My roles included: director, writer, editor, actor and set designer. I was also guest programmer at the Kino International Film Festival in 2005 before working as a development producer on the pilot of a children’s television programme and director of a video promo for the burgeoning – and now immensely popular – AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment brand.
In 2005, having been awarded funding from the UK Film Council, I directed the cult film 'The Clenched Tw*t of Notre Dame', which was nominated for the BBC Audience Award at the 2006 Manchester Commonwealth Film Festival. The short film, an imaginative hybrid of trash cinema and German expressionism, was picked up for a worldwide distribution deal and has since screened across the UK and Europe many times.
During this time, I also worked with the BBC, Shoreline Films and Pure Television on a number of productions, gaining valuable production experience as a runner/assistant before focusing solely on writing and developing my own projects. In 2006 I became a regular contributor to The Illustrated Ape magazine where my short stories and poetry have appeared alongside contributions from Maximo Park's Paul Smith and Radiohead's Stanley Donwood, to name but a few.
In 2010, working closely with co-writer Amanda Webster, we proceeded to write a number of feature length scripts that were optioned by various producers. The short screenplay ‘Cherry Lips & Liquorice Whips’ was to be directed by the famed British director Ken Russell (The Devils, Tommy) who showed a great interest in the work but sadly passed away before the project reached fruition.
My first novella, the acclaimed 'Mad God's & Englishmen', was published by the Roundfire imprint of John Hunt Publishing in January 2013, leaping into the Amazon.com top 10 hot new releases in science fiction short stories in both paperback and e-book format.
I am currently developing a number of film projects for 2016.
Name: Ian Armer
Lives in: Lytham St Annes, United Kingdom
Company: Lean Waters Productions
Occupation: Author, Director, Producer and Screenwriter
The Other Side of Love
Film by Ian Armer (Drama, Music and Romance) Producer, Director, Writer, Casting department Jay - part time A&R man - is always on the lookout for the next 'Big Thing.' Shelley - self-taught singer/songwriter - is desperate for a break from her mundane life. As their worlds collide, Jay and Shelley slowly draw everyone into the whirlwind of their love affair. Faced with their own insecurities, Jay's circle of friends begins imploding as secrets and lies are exposed. And, just as his refreshing honesty appears to be the only virtue to bridge the barriers between the star-crossed lovers, it's the deceit of others that finally underpins Jay's downfall. The price of love has never been so tragic. Written by Ian Armer & Amanda Webster
Film (short) by Boz Phillips (Fantasy) Actor
The Clenched Twat of Notre Dame
Film (short) by Ian Armer (Comedy) Director, Editor A transvestite wedding-blesser turns from nice to nasty when funds run out for her new frocks. Will the love of a good "man" save her or is she destined to stay a bitch forever?
Film by Juliet McKoen (Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew It's two years since the mysterious disappearance of Kath Swarbrick's older sister Annie, but Kath remains haunted by a need to know what happened. When police investigations wind down, Kath continues the search herself. She gets nowhere until she steals some CCTV footage of her sister on her final day. Visiting the spot where Annie was filmed, Kath becomes convinced she has found a portal to another reality and from this portal Kath is trying to say something. A clue, perhaps? Or a warning? Those close to Kath are sceptical. They question her sanity, beg her to stop searching. But has Kath really found a way to access the afterlife? Or has she stumbled upon a dangerous truth? Written by email@example.com
Television (Comedy, Crime, Drama, Musical and 2 More) Miscellaneous Crew Soon after local entrepreneur Ripley Holden (Morrissey) opens his arcade in his beloved home town of Blackpool, a murder investigation makes tears at the fabric of his personal and professional lives.