Hartlepool film-maker is nominated for US award

Film-maker Maxy Bianco with his camera.
Film-maker Maxy Bianco with his camera.

A Hartlepool film-maker with an eye for the unusual has been nominated in a prestigious awards in America.

Maxy Bianco’s short film about a lad and his dog who visit the wildlife in the Tees estuary has been entered in the New Filmmakers Los Angeles Best of Awards.

Actor Chance Marshall with Pig the dog on the beach at Teesmouth, where the film was made.

Actor Chance Marshall with Pig the dog on the beach at Teesmouth, where the film was made.

The three-minute film is one of 10 films shortlisted in the awards’ Best Short Film Documentary category.

Maxy, 39, of Park Road, said: “It is exciting. I made it a couple of years ago when I was commissioned by the Baltic gallery and Channel Four and now it has been nominated for this.

“I have applied for funding and hopefully will be able to go over for the ceremony.

“It is a good opportunity for me to meet other filmmakers and someone might ask me to make something for them.”

I’m interested in people and place and unusual ways that people interact with wildlife.

Maxy Bianco

Filmed around Teesmouth, Pig the Dog is a glimpse into the life of a strange young lad called Del, who haunts the desolate area of his home town with his pet dog Pig.

It shows Del, played on screen by actor Chance Marshall but voiced by a real person, enjoying the peace and wildlife.

Pig is then shown digging up a truffle which Del sells to local top restaurants.

Maxy, who previously made a film about Philip Muspratt who decorated his home in thousands of empty beer cans, added: “The idea for Pig the Dog came from meeting people on the edge of society.

“I’m interested in people and place and unusual ways that people interact with wildlife.

“I feature ways of life that is a little bit different.”

Maxy has been commissioned by Channel 4 to use his unique view on the world to film a pilot documentary set on Teesside.

He is also looking to reach a bigger audience in America where he has a representative and is part of a collective of filmmakers.

The Los Angeles awards take place on June 18. Maxy said the chance to make new contacts is worth more than any prize.

“Making and producing films and working with writers and other filmmakers is the reason why I do it,” he said. “It is a good opportunity to be able to make more stuff.”
But Maxy has no plans of swapping Hartlepool for Hollywood any time soon. “My only plan is to stay in the North East and Hartlepool and continue telling stories about people and place and their lives,” he said.

Pig the Dod is available to watch on YouTube. It contains some strong language.