THE debut film from a Barrovian screenwriter has been selected to be shown at the prestigious Liverpool International Film Festival this month.

Phil Pearson, 53, wrote and directed the short film The Past Keeps on Coming, which stars Manchester actor Emma Eckton, who has appeared in TV’s Cold Feet and Emmerdale.

Filmed during lockdown in April this year, the moving and emotional drama tells the story of a guilt-ridden mother looking back at a tragic event that shaped the course of her life.

The film has already been shown at two film festivals in India this year and one in Slovakia, but the screening at the three-day festival in Liverpool will be its first in the UK.

Pearson, who now lives in Manchester, said: “It’s a big honour for Emma and myself to have our film shown alongside others from all over the world.

“It’s the first film I have made and am really pleased how it has been received so far.”

Pearson has brought two stage plays to Cumbria in the past 12 months including Live Forever at Barrow’s Hawcoat Park Sports Centre. Due to Covid-19 the Liverpool International Film Festival, which is usually held in the Everyman and Liverpool One cinemas in the city, has moved its entire programme online.

The Past Keeps on Coming will be shown on Saturday, October 24 at 2.30pm via the link