Aspiring filmmaker set for short stardom

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

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

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.

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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 and voting is open until October 21, via the website or by hashtagging #VMShortsVote on Facebook or Twitter.