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Midlands Spotlight - Richard Found!

By midlandsmovies, Jul 25 2014 06:49AM

After previewing their Kickstarter campaign back in January, Midlands Movies Mike catches up with Director Rhys Davies and Producer Doug Cubin to discuss their finished film “Finding Richard” which previewed in Leicester in early May and is now ready to take to Cannes in Summer 2014.

With a local cast and crew screening of Finding Richard taking place last week alongside two other Midlands Movies Spotlights (see “Shelter” and “Flawless” below) Leicester movie-making is having a renaissance right now with the city seeing crews filming around its varied locations. Now, on an almost weekly basis, from a hub informally set at local cinema Phoenix Square, movie-making groups like Seven-Five and others are now turning out shorts, documentaries and feature length films every few weeks and whilst the volume is high, the quality is even better.

Crews and actors are also working across productions, sharing experience, knowledge and skills and Finding Richard may just be the culmination (or start) of the new movie making magic sweeping across Leicester itself.

Finding Richard managed to not only tap into the current zeitgeist that Leicester is experiencing (Leicester FC crowned winners, local lad Mark Selby now snooker World Champion and both X-Factor and Sewing Bee winners hailing from the city too) but with the finding of Richard III’s bones in Greyfriars (car park) the film links a city’s heritage with a modern day tale of family, loss and new beginnings to great effect.

Not only the above, by director Rhys Davies secured an acting coup by casting former Dr. Who himself Colin Baker in a key role as a wise Grandfather which Rhys described as the perfect marrying of person, part and plot.

Another key theme of the film, Rhys explains, was the coming together of generational bonds from Grandfather to Grandchild and how the past affects the future and vice versa.

The 10 minute film follows young outcast Gull (played by the up and coming David Knight - who also recently appeared on Britain's Got Talent) who is inspired to find his own treasure after Richard III is found in his hometown of Leicester.

With the success so far, Rhys is building upon their good work and after returning from Cannes in a few weeks plans to have a showing of the film at Leicester’s Guildhall on the 25th May. This elusive location was built around 1390 as a meeting place for the Guild of Corpus Christi but nowadays also hosts a major exhibition telling the story of King Richard III, his life and times and the search for his lost remains.

You can see Finding Richard on Sunday 25 May from 11.30am - 3.30pm with the short film being played continuously throughout the day so no need to book and it is also free for the whole family.

Further details here: http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/leicester-city-museums/events/museumsevents/may201

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