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Denise Welch's short film wins at California festival

Writing on Facebook, Denise Welch posted that the film has been named Credit: Denise Welch/Facebook

North East actress Denise Welch is celebrating after a short film produced by - and starring - the North East actress won a "best film" award at an American film festival.

Black Eyed Susan is a psychological drama about a woman trapped in her home by a teenage boy, intent on driving her to suicide.

Writing on Facebook, Denise Welch posted that the film has been named "best short drama" at the festival.

Just landed to hear Black Eyed Susan won best short drama at the Silicon Beach Film Festival.

"Our premiere in LA and we won!

"So proud of our amazing team."

– Denise Welch, posting on Facebook

The film is written and directed by Nick Rowntree - originally from Teesside - and produced by Denise Welch, making her production debut.

Her youngest son Louis Healy stars alongside Kacey Ainsworth and Angela Lonsdale. Denise's eldest son, Matthew Healy - lead singer of The 1975 - wrote the soundtrack.

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