A talented young film maker who turned her life around after going off the rails as teenager has been able to establish a successful business, thanks to a loan from the Durham-based Transmit Start Ups.
Marley Morrison, 25, who used to play football for Newcastle UFC Ladies, battled depression, drug addiction and homelessness before enrolling on a performing arts course in London.
“After graduating I was an actor first and foremost but started to write my own material so I had scripts to work on that were interesting to me,” she said.
“While I still work as an actor, my writing snowballed and led to me starting my own company, writing and directing bigger projects.”
Morrison’s business, Hazey Jane Films, started in April and is being supported by Transmit Start Ups with a loan to help fund her website, buy equipment and provide business mentoring.
Morrison is already working with major film industry experts, including award-winning director Suri Krishnamma of Dark Tourist fame and Adam Kempton, who produced Ninth Gate with Johnny Depp, on a feature film about the 2011 riots in London.
Hazey Jane Films has also just completed a video for up-and-coming London rapper and songwriter Jake Emlyn and is working on two international documentaries.
Richard Myers, director of Transmit Start Ups said: “Marley is a perfect example of the type of young, creative entrepreneur we want to support.
“She is a self-starter who has overcome obstacles to create a fantastic business which is already making a name for itself. We are delighted to be able to play a part in her future success and help her company take advantage of the great opportunities coming along.”