Aspiring filmmaker set for short stardom

A shot from The Man Who Couldn't Stop Putting Things in Bins - shortlisted for a Virgin Media award.
A shot from The Man Who Couldn't Stop Putting Things in Bins - shortlisted for a Virgin Media award.

ASPIRING comedy writer and editor Stuart Doherty is keeping fingers crossed for a competition which could catapult his work into the spotlight.

Stuart (29), from Giffnock and now living in Shawlands, has been writing with Endemic — a Glasgow group performing live or for film — since 2009.

But his latest collaboration with friends — The Man Who Couldn’t Stop Putting Things in Bins — has made it all the way to London, having been shortlisted for Virgin Media Shorts.

Beating off 860 entries for a place in the top 13, the film — written and directed by Louis Paxton and Paddy Kondracki and edited by Stuart, with cinematography by Calum Weir — follows a documentary style, parodying Channel 4 shows.

Stuart told The Extra: “Calum, Louis and Paddy asked me for help in cutting down a film they’d made. Then we heard about the Virgin competition and set out to structure it like a documentary, spoofing those Channel 4 shows — there’s plenty of comedy fodder there.”

Comedy is still a hobby for Stuart, but he hopes to make it a full-time job — and “even being shortlisted for Virgin is a good leg up”.

The Man Who Couldn’t Stop Putting Things in Bins is available to watch at www.virginmediashorts.co.uk and voting is open until October 21, via the website or by hashtagging #VMShortsVote on Facebook or Twitter.