Leyland's Tom Bidwell up for an Oscar for Wish 143

A film writer from Leyland described his nomination in Sunday's Oscars as "mind-bending".

Tom Bidwell is up for an Oscar in the Short Film category for Wish 143, the story of a 15-year-old cancer patient who is granted one wish before he dies.

The film is based on his personal experiences when he suffered from non-Hodgkins lymphoma as a teenager.

"It's so exciting but it's hard to get my head round," Mr Bidwell said of attending the 83rd Academy Awards.

"It's very surreal; it's very special but it's mind-bending."

Mr Bidwell, who is 27 on the day of the ceremony, is hoping he has double cause for celebration by winning in the 83rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

'Stiff competition'

"It'd be a great birthday present."

He said the other four contenders will be hard to beat, though. "They're all very, very good... so it's stiff competition.

"It's just a privilege to be selected," said the former Balshaw's High School pupil.

Mr Bidwell was originally commissioned to write Wish 143 for a play on BBC Radio 4 when he was at the BBC Writers' Academy in 2008-9.

He also wrote for Doctors, Eastenders, Casaulty and Holby City while he was there.

The film, which Mr Bidwell described as "a dark comedy drama", cost £15,000 to make.

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