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Film talents put county in frame

June 19, 2013


Young filmmakers are hoping to turn Leicestershire into the Hollywood of the Midlands.

Two former De Montfort University students have made a nine- minute short about a boxer and his son, which will be touring summer film festivals.

Meanwhile, two friends from Coalville are making a horror film on a shoestring budget, in the hope of breaking into the movie industry.

The students' film is called Rock Road and was written by Daley James Francis and directed by his friend, Lee Tomes. They describe the film a comedy/drama and it tells the story of a son alienated from his father. The pair reconcile when the father finds out his son has become a boxer and helps him prepare for a big fight.

Daley, 32, of Loughborough, said: I started writing the film ages ago and we filmed it in August over five days, but since then Lee's been finishing his degree so the editing was only finished this year.

It's a complete story, a bit like The Office but it's a good drama, too. It's getting sent out to as many film festivals as possible. The film was financed by the students and with cash donated by family and friends.

'EXCITING' Lee, now based in London, has set up a company, Create Film Productions, and hopes to make more films, with a plan to enter their second film into this year's Virgin Media Shorts Competition.

He said: It's terrifying, exciting and a huge for our company. Meanwhile, in Coalville, Luke Harlow and Jake Grant have almost finished getting their cast together to start shooting The Harvest, a screenplay they wrote last year, which they describe as a slasher revenge thriller.

In the film, a wronged man returns to his hometown of Coalville to seek revenge.

Luke, 25, said: All the actors are doing it in exchange for travel expenses but we've got a good cast.

Luke and Jake have approached two potential locations for the film in Coalville - a primary school and a pub.

Luke said: The plan is to go to horror film festivals around the country and try to find a distributor. The film has a page on the Internet Movie Database and its Twitter feed is being used to hire help as well as promote the film.

Luke said: We want to give people in the community a chance to get involved with the film.


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