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South Lakes actors star in new film
A NEW film set entirely on location in the Lake District was shown for the first time at the Odeon Printworks in Manchester on Saturday.
The private screening of The Raven on the Jetty was attended by stars of the film, their families, friends and creative collaborators.
The lead role is played by 11-year-old Connor O’Hara, from Ulverston, whose father Rob plays his screen father. It is now hoped The Raven on the Jetty will be shown at international film festivals before worldwide release next year.
It was made by One Day Films Limited, whose director Erik Knudsen told the Printworks audience that the Cumbrian people had been immensely friendly to work among, from the loan of a private jetty to the keys for a remote farmhouse where most of the story is set.
The film tells of a boy travelling with his mother to visit his estranged father who, since the acrimonious divorce, is living an isolated rural life in the Lakes. The boy doesn’t understand the bitterness of his parents or that his own dysfunctional behaviour is a silent cry for help. But his encounter with the natural world gives him a gradual understanding of the connection he gives his, ultimately, lonely parents.
Connor O’Hara has been part of community theatre productions since his first performance as Tiny Tim at the age of six. He also sings and plays the trumpet and has won awards at the South Cumbria Music Festival for acting, singing and piano.
His father Rob has been involved in community theatre for over 40 years, performing in places as diverse as Birmingham and Saudi Arabia. A former secondary school maths teacher, Rob now runs a guest house and music venue, Sefton House, based in Ulverston.
The mother is played by actress Helen Teasdale, who gained BA Hons in Performing Arts at the University College of St Martins, Lancaster. She worked as part of the show team at Center Parcs in Penrith, followed by leading roles with the Carlisle Musical Society. She runs Music Makers, holding music workshops for the under-fives, and recently joined the Stagecoach team in Carlisle as a vocal coach.
* For more information, see www.onedayfilms.com/films/the-raven-on-the-jetty/
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