Saturday, 12 June 2010


Im very happy to announce my new website is now live!


The site functions as my blog, so rather tragicaly it meens that I shal no longer be using the Water Sprite Blog...

You'l need to go to my new site for all further Bovine news and developments..

See you on the other side.

Tara x

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Screening and talk at Cambridge University

Director of 'Who's Afraid of the Water Sprite?' William McGregor is to give a talk at Cambridge University, the talk is a part of the Cam*Era Film Festival which is a festival run by Cambridge University Students. The talk will focus on progressing into the film industry as a a student and will acompany a screening of 'Who's Afraid of the Water Sprite?'.

For more info visit the Cam*Era website

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Hat-trick of awards at the National Student Film Festival

Who's Afraid of the Water Sprite? was up for four awards at the annual National Student Film Festival Awards, held last weekend in Bristol.

We are very happy to say that the film walked away with three of the evenings awards, including Best Genre, Best Cinematography and Technical Achievement.

Director William McGregor and Jess Etherington sister of Director of Photography Adam Etherington, back stage with awards in hand.

Sunday, 21 February 2010


We are very happy to say that ‘Who’s Afraid of the Water Sprite?’ has won Best Drama at the Royal Television Society Awards.

It was a fantastic evening, celebrated by the student crew dressing up for the occasion in black tie and indulging in a lovely meal along with a few drinks at the Winchester Guild Hall.

As the night progressed and we came closer to the announcement tension and nerves grew, to the point where our production designer nocked his dinner over during the introduction to the awards.

Walking up to accept the Best Drama award on behalf of my crew was a great honor and something I will never forget.

Now we look forwards to the National Student Film Festival, where we are nominated for four awards


The announcement has just come through that ‘Who’s Afraid of the Water Sprite?’ has been nominated for four awards at the National Student Film Festival. We have been shortlisted for:

Best Film
Best Horror
Best Cinematography
and the Technical Achievement Award

The NSFF takes place on the 27th of February, so we look forwards to hopefully another fruitful Awards Ceremony.

Friday, 5 February 2010

11th Film Festival invitation with the SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

WHO'S AFRAID OF THE WATER SPRITE? has been invited to participate at the 14th Sofia International Film Festival as part of Short Films Show Case.

Sofia International Film Festival is the biggest film festival in Bulgaria and one of the key film events in Central and Eastern Europe. It is described by Variety as one of the world’s top 50 unmissable film events. More than 500 internationally acclaimed filmmakers have attended the festival over the past twelve years including Jean-Claude Carriere, Peter Greenaway, Otar Iosseliani, Terry Jones, Andrei Konchalovsky, Emir Kusturica, Jiri Menzel, Nikita Mikhalkov, Michael Palin, Jafar Panahi, Alan Parker, Jerry Schatzberg, Volker Shloendorff, Agnes Varda, Wim Wenders, Krzysztof Zanussi, and many others.

The 14th Sofia International Film Festival will be held from 5 until 14 March 2010 in Sofia. The festival will present 150 films – feature films, documentaries and several programmes of short films. SIFF has an International Competition (Grand Prix for best first & second film) and Special Jury Award, Kodak Award for best Bulgarian feature film, Jameson Short Film
Award for Best Short.

Friday, 8 January 2010

Academy Award nominated writer William Nicholson offers his advice on writing for fantasy and his revue of 'Who's Afraid of the Water Sprite?'

I was lucky enough to meet up with William Nicholson the writer of Gladiator and some of my favorite childhood books including the Windsinger and Firesong at Guildford writers week. We chatted about our work and the art of writing fantasy.

In chating about writing for fantasy in contrast to writing for realism Mr Nicholson gave me these pearls of wisdon which I thought id share with you all:

'reality and fantasy aren't as different as you might think. For fantasy to have power it must be rooted in a strong sense of something the reader also recognises. The key here is power. Whatever mode of story telling you go for, it has to have power, and that power will come from your own emotional engagement. You have to build your stories out of a passion within you, whether it's longing or rage or love of justice or revenge.'

Mr Nicholson watched a copy of 'Who's Afraid of the Water Sprite?' after our meeting, he gave a great revue of the film describing the film as 'impressive, with a very clever twist'. It was great to get feedback from such a respected writer and incredible to know that he enjoyed the film.