Midlands Spotlight - Seat 25 launches into festival orbit
By midlandsmovies, Dec 12 2016 01:20PM
Seat 25 launches into festival orbit
Midlands Movies finds out about new sci-fi project Seat 25 from Lagom Pictures which was co-written, produced and stars local filmmaker Madeleine Cooke.
After a premiere at the prestigious Birmingham Film Festival in late November, Seat 25 tells the story of a woman who wins a one way ticket to Mars for the first manned mission to the red planet.
Not only did the film fare well with the Midlands audience on the night, it won the Best Feature Film at the Birmingham Film Festival's gala awards ceremony where the filmmakers’ high hopes for the production were rewarded.
With echoes of the real-life “Mars One” campaign which aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars, Seat 25’s protagonist Faye Banks is lost in a world in which she doesn’t belong, with her imagination leading her to consequences that will change her life forever.
The film’s engaging sci-fi themes have also seen it touchdown as a finalist for Best Feature Film at the Raw Science Film Festival in Los Angeles. The festival screens fiction and non-fiction movies that includes both student and professional entries whose films celebrate the wonderment of science and technology.
However, not content with those achievements and accolades, Seat 25 will also be opening the VAULT Film Festival in London.
Director Nicholas Agnew originally trained as an actor and has worked extensively in film, television and theatre. Recent credits include Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Man Who Knew Infinity and the forthcoming television series Victoria. Having built up a wealth of experience in front of the camera, he has now made the move into directing where he has paired his understanding of performance with an exceptional technical team for Seat 25.
Local lead actress Madeleine Cooke trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts and since graduating has appeared on the BBC as well as on stage touring the UK. She too began writing alongside her acting career and in 2015 she began working on her first feature length screenplay and co-founded the production company Lagom Pictures.
Madeleine explains that Lagom Pictures is focused on producing new, thought provoking films that explore genre and style and strives to work with the very best emerging talent.
With sky high hopes for even more success in 2017, Seat 25’s tale mixing the ordinary with the extraordinary should sit well with fans of science fiction with a heart.
Check out the film’s trailer above as well as the Seat 25 Official site and social media pages:
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