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Alex Stobbs Autobiography Published

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A Passion for Living Cover Alex's book, A Passion for Living (The Amazing Story of a Boy Who Makes Every Day Matter) has been published today, 17 September, by Hodder. It follows his life as a first-year music student at King's College, Cambridge and his preparations to conduct Bach's epic choral work, the St Matthew Passion, while coping with his lung-wasting disease cystic fibrosis. A diary of his daily experiences, the book vivid demonstrates Alex's determination to give his all to his music, set against the exhausting demands of his never-ending medication.

Alex has never let his disease get in the way of his passion for music, and his defiance and good-humour in the face of cystic fibrosis shines through his book. A Passion for Living is the moving and very funny diary of a young musician who will let nothing get in the way of achieving his goals and make every day count.

The documentary Alex: A Passion For Life, which was filmed over the same period of his book, will be broadcast on 8 October 2009 at 9pm on Channel 4.

You can find out more about A Passion for Living on his literary agent's website.

 

Young@Heart Now on DVD

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Young@Heart The award-winning documentary Young@Heart will be available on DVD in the UK and Ireland from mid-May. The film is currently completing a six-month run in art house cinemas across the country and continues to receive outstanding reviews from the critics.

Over the past year Young@Heart has been released in cinemas in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Japan, winning 17 film festival awards around the world. Each of these countries will be releasing their own DVDs in the coming months. In the US and Canada, the DVD has already been released by Twentieth Century Fox. There are more details on the Fox Searchlight website. (Buy the DVD from Amazon here.)

The soundtrack of Young@Heart is also available both on CD and as a digital download on iTunes and elsewhere.

 

BAFTA Nominations for Alex

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BAFTA Logo Walker George Films are delighted to announce that A Boy Called Alex has been nominated for 3 BAFTA awards: Best Documentary, Best Director (Stephen Walker) and Best Editing (Ben Stark).

The film was also nominated for a Broadcast Award and a Royal Television Society Award in the Best Documentary categories, and won a Royal Television Society Craft Award for Best Photography and Sound.

 

New Alex Stobbs Documentary Coming Autumn 09

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Alex Stobbs We are currently in production with The Continuing Adventures of A Boy Called Alex (working title). Following the success of the original film, A Boy Called Alex, Channel 4 have commissioned a sequel about the remarkable young man Alexander Stobbs, a gifted musician suffering from cystic fibrosis.

Alex is now in his first year as a Choral Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge University. The new film is due to be broadcast as part of Channel 4’s Cutting Edge season in autumn 2009.

 

Big Screen Productions

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Young@Heart Walker George Films are in development with Working Title on a feature film inspired by the documentary Young@Heart. The screenplay is being written by the American screenwriter Bob Nelson.

Working Title are also in development on the big screen adaptation of Stephen Walker’s New York Times bestselling book, Shockwave, the gripping story of the final three weeks before the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima. Screenwriter is David Benioff, whose credits include X-Men, Kiterunner and Troy.

 
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Working Title Films and Young@Heart

The latest script in the fictionalised version of Young@Heart has just been delivered. Written by Adam Brooks (Bridget Jones - the Edge of Reason), the movie is being developed by the UK's leading film company, Working Title Films, who hope to be in production later this year. Stephen Walker and Sally George are co-producers.

 

Critical acclaim for documentary

The Day I Got My Sight Back received considerable critical acclaim from the press, described by The Sunday Times as "mesmerising", the The Guardian as "incredible" and the Daily Telegraph as "astounding". For a fuller list of press reaction go to the programme page here or you can watch it on the iPlayer here.