The Adventurer's Diary

The Adventurer's Diary

In The Adventurer's Diary (2017-19), an elderly woman full of adventure takes one final journey! This film has appeared in festivals around the world, and is now available to watch online.

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Watch the WILDsound Festival audience reaction video for Best Adventure Film of 2023.

Directed by Ben Wicks

Written and Produced by Jean Maye

Patricia Loveland
Jem Rycraft
Jamie Lee-Hill
Megan Lockhurst
Cheryl Neve
Adam Kotz
Steve Coleman
Supporting actors
Kathleen Ray
Vicki Kyle-Lawrence

Film festivals

The film was entered in a number of festivals.

Top Shorts

Top Shorts Film Festival, January 2020 – "We're happy to announce that you won Best Fantasy Film. Your work is outstanding, guys! The love story is very memorable and you told it with so much sensitivity. Congratulations!"

AustinFilm Festival – The screenplay got through over 8,500 other entries to Second Rounders (Semi-finalist position).  

Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition – Semi-finalist, Screenplay


Meet the team


Hailing from Berkshire, director Ben Wicks has created numerous award winning short films, music videos and more recently television pilots & concept reels along with a multitude of commercials and promos for some of the country biggest companies and institutions. His recent television pilot work has led to two of his projects currently being under consideration for commission.

Not wishing to be boxed into a certain genre, Ben's recent short films have included a comedy, thriller and more recently a musical drama. His 2014 short film, Snapshot, was backed by Alzheimer's Research UK and his recent musical drama, The Secret, set in 1943, is also being considered as a theatre show. Ben directed the award winning prequel to The Adventurer's Diary, Tides, in late 2017.

Away from directing short film and the like, Ben works in in the AD department for film and television, having worked for Sky, BBC and Amazon to name but a few!


CinematographerLaura Gallop

Laura Gallop is a Cornish cinematographer, whose strong belief is that cinematography should add to a story on an unconscious level, rather than overpower it. She draws on her combined backgrounds in art, lighting and photography, and uses these to influence her work as a cinematographer. Laura has a large portfolio of shorts, commercials and music promos under her belt.



Cheryl NeveCheryl Neve is a British actress, screenwriter and producer who has not only won awards for her short films, but has also been a judge at two international film festivals, Top Shorts and Actors Awards.

She has been involved in a number of recent projects, such as spy thriller series The Doorman, feature films Sitting Under The Chestnut Tree and The Point of No Return, and has just been cast in the US Vice franchise series. She is looking forward to playing the role of the Air Hostess in The Adventurer's Diary and seeing Jean's fantastic story come to life.


Jamie Lee-HillJamie Lee-Hill was handpicked by Oscar nominated director Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt) to play the Part of Laban Tall in Far From the Madding Crowd alongside Carey Mulligan. In 2016 he appeared on BBC2 in three episodes of The Hollow Crown together with Benedict Cumberbatch. Jamie trained at Dorset School of Acting. He is a versatile actor who started in theatre and now works predominantly in film and television. Known for committing roles with emotional intensity, stage work includes a nomination for Best Actor at the New Forest Drama Festival for playing Horst in Martin Sherman's Bent, and performances at the prestigious Poole Lighthouse in A Streetcar Named Desire. He appears alongside Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter’s Ginny Weasley) in the children’s film Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? The movie made the official selection of the BFI at the London Film Festival. Jamie has over thirty film credits, several for independent feature films, one of the most recent being World War One drama Eleven. Jamie won best actor recently at the Creation International Film Festival in Toronto for Flawless. Jamie co-produced and acted in the similarly named Faithless, starring Sean Gilder, and several other established British screen actors. The film was very well received when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Jamie has also begun screenwriting, and is developing a comedy sketch show, as well as writing screenplays and television series. He is currently working on the feature film Ultra in the lead antagonist role of a drug mafia boss.

Adam KotzAdam Kotz’s acting career has taken him all over the world in film, TV, theatre and radio.


Theatre work includes several years at the National Theatre, regional theatre, and time with the RSC and Cheek By Jowl. He has been seen recently at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury as Dr. Watson in SHERLOCK’S LAST CASE and Sir William Collyer in THE DEEP BLUE SEA.

He played Pastor Manders in Richard Eyre’s Olivier award-winning revival of GHOSTS at the Trafalgar Studios, London.

He is an experienced voiceover artist and works regularly in Radio Drama.

He lives in Newbury with his wife Helen Franklin and has 3 children. Offstage, he is the Chair of the charity ACE Space Newbury, the volunteer-run Arts and Community space, records books for Living Paintings and teaches and plays guitar, mandolin and banjo.


Film awards


Best Narrative Film – Las Vegas Movie Awards, June 2020 
Best Short Film – I AM Film Festival, London 17th January
Best Fantasy – Queen Palm International Film Festival, 18th December 2020

Winner – WILDsound FEEDBACK Film and Screenplay Festival 2023. Best Adventure Film.
Winner – New York Film Awards. Best Picture 2020 
Winner – New York Film Awards. Best Narrative Film 2020
Winner – New York Film Awards. Best Fantasy Film 2020 
Winner – New York Film Awards. Best Actress, Patricia Loveland 2020
Winner – Filmcon Awards. Best fantasy Film 2020
Winner – Filmcon. Best Director 2020
Winner – CKF. Best Mini Short under 15 mins 2020
Winner – CKF. Best Actress– Patricia Loveland 2020
Winner – Los Angeles Film Awards. Best Fantasy film 2020
Winner – TMFF. Best Short Film Jan 2020
Winner – Top Shorts Film Festival. Best Fantasy Film 2020
Winner – Oniros Film Awards. Best short film 2019
Winner – Oniros Film Awards. Best Director 2019
Winner – Latitude Film Awards. Best Short Film 2019
Winner – Florence Film Awards. Best VXF Alex England 2019
Winner – Florence Film Awards. Best Actress Patricia Loveland 2019
Gold Awards, Third Quarter, Honourable Mention, Queen Palm, June 2020 
Nominated – Gold Movie Awards. Best Short Film 2019
Nominated – Marina Del Ray Film Festival – Best short film 18/10/19
Nominated & Screened – London International Film festival 4/9/19 
Nominated – Georgia Film Festival 17/10/19 
Selected – Film Con Awards 7th April 2020
Selected – London International Motion Picture, 21st November
Selected – The HB Film Festival, Scotland, 15th September 2021


Screenwriting awards

Short StopLos AngelesGeorgia Film FestivalScreencraftAustin International Screenwriting Competition

4th Annual I AM Film Festival (2020–2021)
Official Winner: Best Script

Creative Worlds Awards (August 2018)

Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards
Finalist (August 2018)

Georgia Shorts Film Festival (2018)

Screencraft Film Fund screenwriting competition (2018)

Austin Film Screenwriting Festival
Placed out of 9,487 scripts to ‘SECOND ROUNDERS.’ (2017)

Semi Finalist – Best Short Script (2017)

Short Stop Festival in Romania (6th Edition, 2018)

Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition (2017)

Austin International Screenwriting Competition (2017)
Second Rounder Finalist


Short StopThe screenplay was a 2nd Place Winner in the Short Stop International Film Festival (2018).

The screenplay reviewer said:

'A story such as this, is capable of making people feel happy and sad with the same scene just by introducing a single new element later on is well written, and it doesn't stop there.

In short this is a story that follows an intriguing character going through difficult times and showing real progress as the story goes along, changing tangibly and, arguably, in a positive way. It is filled with symbolism and good lessons, and manages to be deep beyond the limits of what its short length would suggest. Definitely, it is worth a reading...'


The May 2018 issue of Contessa's Court has a feature on TIDES and The Adventurer's Diary - click here to read it.


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