Midlands Spotlight - The Journeyman
By midlandsmovies, May 22 2014 02:47PM
Midlands Movies meets Lloyd James, a Derby based actor who hopes his transformation will help a brain tumour charity in his ‘BIGGEST’ role yet in the upcoming feature film ‘The Journeyman’.
Actor Lloyd James has gained nearly three stone in weight to play a middle aged, overweight widower called John Wilson, in a story he and his wife Louise have written. At almost 18 stone now, Lloyd plans to shed around 6 to 8 stone by the end of the film which will take almost a year to complete.
The story tells of how Wilson needs to raise funds to cover living costs in the U.S. for his niece who requires life saving Proton Beam Therapy treatment for brain and spinal tumours. Against all the odds, Wilson is granted a professional boxing license and offers himself as a human punch bag, the titular “Journeyman”, to young and inexperienced boxers from across the UK. He is aided by a sports reporter who uses his connections with promoters and managers to set up fights.
Lloyd states, “the character is a true underdog, but the people of the U.K. take him to heart, even though he is not that good a boxer. He is like a modern day Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards in the popular conscience.” In the film, a benefit gig is held as another form of fund raising for John Wilson’s niece. Lloyd’s wife and co-writer, Louise, added, “we decided it would be beneficial to hold a real benefit gig, film it and use the footage. Any funds raised on the day would be donated to a local charity”. The couple chose Frazer’s House Brain Tumour Foundation, who are raising funds to buy/build a house near to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham to help parents of the East Midlands with accommodation costs whilst their child is undergoing treatment.
The couple, who run the production company Open Image Films Limited, called upon Matt McGuinness & Peter Wylie from Furthest From The Sea, an East Midlands based music, comedy and arts collective to run the benefit show. Louise said “we had a meeting with Matt and Peter and they were absolutely fantastic. They really like the story of ‘The Journeyman’ and were keen to help out, which took a lot of pressure off. The benefit gig will hopefully take place in late Summer 2014 and will feature bands and artists local to Derby”.
Quite a lot of the film will be shot at the Derby City Boxing Academy in Derby City centre, which is run by Alex Neave and his team of coaches. Louise added “Alex was really supportive, offering us use of the gym for filming - it is a perfect location for our story”.
Lloyd and Louise want to offer their investments to everyone, even those on limited income and start from as little as £50. Anyone wanting more details regarding investment please contact Lloyd or Louise at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.investinukfilms.com for an investment pack.
Picture courtesy of Paul Bednall