Lou set for premiere at one of ‘biggest events on earth’

Lou Birks, who has made a film which will be screened at the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games.
Lou Birks, who has made a film which will be screened at the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games.

A WRITER is preparing to premiere her latest film in front of an estimated global audience of a billion people.

Lou Birks, of Todmorden, has written and directed a film for the Paralympic Games opening ceremony, which will be played to 80,000 fans at the Olympic stadium and broadcast around the world.

“It feels like I’ve got one of the biggest gigs on earth,” she said.

After completing a year of professional development at the National Film and Television School, Lou posted off her idea to the opening ceremony artistic directors.

“I didn’t hear anything for about six months and I thought that was it,” she said.

“Then suddenly I got a phone call saying they loved the idea and wanted to talk to me about it.”

Lou, who set up Todmorden-based independent production company Pie Films 15 years ago, had the idea for her film last summer and it took three to four months to make.

She is sworn to secrecy about the contents, so the world will have to wait until it is screened on August 29.

“I’m very excited about it but also very scared,” she said.

“I went to a rehearsal for the Olympics opening ceremony last week, so I got a feel for it.

“With 80,000 people in the stadium, it’s going to be massive.

“It’s been difficult to keep it secret because you never know how much you can say to people.

“But it’s nice keeping the secret because I think it will make it more exciting on the night.

“I will be down there on the night watching it happen.

“I feel very honoured that my film has been accepted and that they wanted to commission it.

“I feel very honoured to have this amazing opportunity to show my work to the world.

“You can never have a bigger audience.”

The week before the opening ceremony, Lou will be appearing on Jon Snow’s Channel Four show previewing the Paralympic Games.