September 23rd, 2016

Redditch inspires new film

Redditch inspires new film Redditch inspires new film
Updated: 10:09 am, May 07, 2015

FECKENHAM is set to star on the big screen as the backdrop for a new film which celebrates the borough and beyond.

The village’s woodlands as well as spots around Redditch will all be seen in the new independent feature Folklore’s Intimates.

The dark comedy premiered at the Feckenoden over Christmas after almost eight years in the making by production company Little Balloon.

The film was originally created by director Peter Butler, but was revived by the production company and actors who all lived in and around Redditch including Peter’s brother James.

The story follows a young folksinger and peace maker Herbert Meakin who unwillingly finds himself dropped on to an island in the midst of a guerrilla war.

Entrenched deep in the woods and faced with the constant threat of an unseen enemy, Meakin is forced into an unnerving bond with a battalion of sociopath soldiers.

Speaking to the Standard, producer James said more than 50 people were involved in the project who all had links with the area.

“I haven’t lived in Redditch for about eight years but I always come back,” he said.

“Places where we filmed were spots we remembered as children and they had emotional connections – places that we found fun and ones which we found scary.

“Redditch can produce really talented people who can be extremely successful. There are a lot of passionate like-minded people, who can go far.

“This film is a tribute to the area and a celebration of it, and what Redditch can create.”

The 33-year-old added a screening of the film will be held in London this year, and he hoped it followed in the success of others which had been screened at festivals across the UK.

Visit www.littleballoonfilm.com for more information and to view the trailer.

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