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The Game is On … Again!

When Sherlock Holmes and John Watson receive a letter from Mary Westmacott, a new adventure at the border between illusion and reality is just about to start. Is Mary only having terrifying nightmares, is she losing her mind, or is she really being haunted by her own literary creations? If there is anyone who can solve the mystery, it is surely Sherlock Holmes. The Game is On!

The Adventure of the Six Detectives – the second episode of the award-winning series The Game is On! offered by – has been released this week. The short film – written, directed and produced by Professor Ronan Deazley (Queen’s University Belfast) and CREATe producer Bartolomeo Meletti (currently seconded to the British Film Institute) – comes accompanied by nine Case Files: supplementary educational materials providing points of discussion about copyright for teachers and students. In particular, these Case Files – authored by CREATe researchers Megan Rae Blakely and Andrea Wallace – offer points of discussion around many of the most pressing copyright questions and concerns faced by screenwriters.

It’s been a successful year for The Game is On! After The Adventure of the Girl with the Light Blue Hair won the AHRC Innovation in Film Award in November 2015 and was shortlisted for a BUFVC Learning on Screen Award in April 2016, this September The Game is On! has been featured in the Ofcom Media Literacy quarterly bulletin. Also, the first episode of the series has recently been used by Into Film to develop the educational resource ‘Exploring copyright for clubs’.

The Adventure of the Six Detectives was made possible by generous contributions from the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, CREATe, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.