Wicked Winters Films is a production company specialising in LGBT films. Formed by writer/director Jade Winters and producer Alex Hogben,
our aim is to bring quality LGBT content to a wide audience.
I started writing when I was seven after becoming obsessed with the film Grease. I was so desperate for there to be a sequel I decided to write it myself, with Olivia Newton-John in the starring role.
The movie Grease was released back in 1978, I was obsessed. The music, the clothes and notably the leading lady Olivia Newton John. I thought, yep, ‘she’s the one that I want’ and became preoccupied with the notion of writing the sequel, just so she would star in it! And so began my literary journey – the writing of Grease 2, aged seven years old. Once I had photocopied my handwritten, hundred-page script, I set aside my pocket money each week and sent copies to any Film Producers I found in the Yellow Pages. From the dozens of scripts I sent, I received just one reply telling me to never give up on my dream.
Despite my love of writing, I left school aged 14 without any qualifications, mainly because I was bored with the lack of creativity in my lessons. The next few years were a period of ‘self-exploration’ and I lost focus somewhat, perhaps the magic of Grease 2 and Olivia Newton-John had dimmed.
Meeting my ex-partner was a pivotal point in my life. She worked in TV, had been to university and she inspired me to achieve more and better myself. With renewed enthusiasm for learning, I enrolled in an Access course aged 28, and for the first time in my life I stuck with something. A year later, I secured a place at University where I studied Journalism. I faced substantial difficulty understanding academic books, since I had left school prematurely, but with perseverance and a healthy dose of support I graduated with a 2.1.
Post university, any thoughts of becoming a successful writer were soon dismissed. Despite acquiring my Journalism degree, I was plagued with self-doubt. I thought people like me couldn’t become writers because I didn’t possess a creative writing degree. Once again, my writing ambitions were parked and I spent the next eight years trying to build a career in property developing. And so it continued, until another traumatic and life-changing event happened. My dad died. My world stood still and the only place where I could find solace was in writing. It was during this period of grief that I completed my first novel ‘143’.
Twenty novels later my true passion had still not been fulfilled. Faced with the choice of buying a house or realising my dream, I reminisced back to my script for Grease 2 and decided to use the money we had saved to adapt my novels into screenplays. I formed Winter Winters Films with my partner, Alex, and after writing and producing two short films I took on the role of co-directing another. This led to my directorial feature debut based on my novel ‘143’ which is due for release in 2020.
Four of our short films ‘Love on the Cards’ ‘Twist Of Fate’ ‘Love In Disguise,’ and ‘The Love game’ can be viewed on Vimeo on-demand on 11.11.19
More short films will be available in December 2019.