"An Irish Goodbye" and "Blue Lights" producers share secrets to success at Nerve Centre

"An Irish Goodbye" and "Blue Lights" producers share secrets to success at Nerve Centre

On Tuesday 23 May, BBC Production Unlocked landed at Nerve Centre's Belfast site in the Odyssey Complex with the aim of encouraging and educating the future of Northern Irish Multimedia.

Kathy Clugston speaking with director Ross White and producer Pearce Cullen about their Oscar-winning short "An Irish Goodbye"

Attendees were treated to many insightful conversations with the teams behind Oscar-winning short film An Irish Goodbye, the acclaimed police series Blue Lights and the powerful documentary Lyra, with the topic of regional life and representation frequently taking centre stage.

For Blue Lights writer Declan Lawn, the identity of Northern Ireland is what makes locally-produced content special to the region:

"It was important to be authentic to the place we come from and the officers that gave us their time".

Blue Lights production & marketing team in conversation

Representatives of BBC Writersroom, Northern Ireland Screen and ScreenSkills were also present to provide key advice in how to establish a career in our competitive media sector, and to promote the importance of using local success stories in giving Northern Irish writers further opportunities in the industry.

Nerve Centre is continually committed to providing opportunities that help people reach their full potential, as BBC Production Unlocked will be back in the autumn with more skills sessions, masterclasses and panel discussions with industry experts.

Much of the event had been livestreamed for home viewing