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By midlandsmovies, May 9 2019 09:49AM




Midlands Spotlight - A Kidnap


'A Kidnap' is a new Midlands-based psychological thriller feature from award-winning writer/director Lee Greenhough and cinematographer Paul Horton. With aims to be both innovative and daring, the film is an ambitious project which will be made on a low budget scale within one soundstage in the region.


The film tells the story of adopted brother Lewis and his younger sister Izzy who get kidnapped, and they are brought into two rooms by three strangers known as Tuco, Angel and Blondie. Over the next two hours the kidnappers start to realise they don’t share the same ideas on how to orchestrate the kidnap and with tension mounting, their plans have to change.


The filmmakers are currently crowdfunding (click IndieGoGo link here) where contributors will get a chance to be involved in the film and also receive one incredible perks and rewards which can range from learning to fly a drone to VIP tickets to the film’s premiere.


Lee Greenhough explains his background, “The most important thing you need to know about me is that I really love film, if I’m honest I’m pretty obsessed. I started off wanting to act but as I got into my late twenties decided it wasn't for me as I wanted more creative control and started to write and direct”.


“Any hobbies went out of the window, all I wanted to do was pursue my dream. Since then I started my own production company Greenhoughfilms, won awards and raised money for charities with some of my short films. I’ve also tried to learn every aspect of filmmaking from directing and editing to more specialised skills like aerial cinematography and colour grading”, Lee adds.


Lee has also been mentored in creative writing by a former BAFTA winner and is a regular at the London Screenwriting Festival as well as being a screenwriting and directing judge at the prestigious Top Shorts Film Festival.


Working on various projects including pre-production on his new British thriller feature film ‘On Our Own’, Lee is also looking for producers for his latest feature screenplay ‘Together Apart’ and an original TV show pilot 'Verifying Vincent'.


Also involved in the project is Director of Photography Paul Horton who has over 15-years of experience as a professional and has worked on a range of projects from popular feature films to classic British TV shows such as Hollyoaks.


Ash Gardiner joins as Assistant Director and is based near Birmingham in the Midlands and the crew is rounded out by Matthew S Jones (Sound Recordist), Merryn Rea Peachey (Scipt Supervisor), Grant Snaith (1st Assistant Cameraman) and Abbie Allen (PR and Film Administrator).


With regards to crowdfunding Lee goes on to explain, “As with any film endeavours there are always inherent risks, however, me and my team are well experienced in these projects and know that with whatever we raise we can still make a film”.


“If you want to help but can't afford to contribute money, you can still pitch in by sharing this campaign with as many people as possible: friends, family, social media it all helps to raise awareness for this campaign. Also if you know someone who is a psychological thriller fan or a business who may want to become a corporate sponsor then please pass on our details”, says Lee.


With the project now underway you can find out more about the film and all the latest updates at the production’s official website and social media pages:


Web www.akidnap.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/akidnapfilmmidlands

Twitter https://twitter.com/akidnapfilm

By midlandsmovies, Jan 29 2018 09:55AM



Nottingham writer director James Postlethwaite is soon to launch his new film, As The Sun Rises, a relationship drama that covers LGBTQ issues with a sensitive and passionate approach. Midlands Movies Mike finds out more about this gripping new film.


Getting into the industry at the tender age of 16, James Postlethwaite has trained and worked on some of Britain's most prestigious and well-known programmes including Coronation Street and The Graham Norton Show. Having also directed films and documentaries in Los Angeles, he returns to the region for his new project.


As The Sun Rises follows a man called Andy who is in a loveless relationship with his partner, Emma, but who has known he was gay from a very early age. Spending most of his life masking his emotions and living a lie, the film shows Andy's struggles to be honest about his sexuality to the people he loves the most.


The film’s pre-launch campaign has gone live and the makers are offering fans the chance to win one of five £50 Amazon vouchers just for signing up with their email address and sharing the post on their own social media. Click here for the first offer full details.


Tackling their fundraising with gusto, the filmmakers will then run an IndieGoGo campaign from 9th March seeking to raise a budget of £25,000.



James is supported by a talented crew including Oli Braybrook who is a producer based in Nottingham. Oli is most known for producing the films Lucidity and The Keys to It All along with three episodes of the television pilot, Print.


Laura Gallop joins the production as director of photography whose strong belief is that cinematography “should compliment the story and should add to the project on an unconscious level rather than overpower it”.


Christian Smith will compose the film's score and the Hampshire born pianist already enjoys several credits to his name including a portfolio of clients - from his music appearing on O2 adverts to scoring several other low budget films.




Also on board is a talented cast with many coming from the Midlands who also have a whole host of successful credits on shows such as Hollyoaks, EastEnders, Law and Order UK, Silk, Happy Valley, Doctors, Emmerdale and Shameless to name just a few.


Despite its micro-budget indie origins the film is hoping to tackle changing issues within the film industry from raising the profile of marginalised groups as well as improving female cast and crew figures.


For more information about the production check out the ongoing updates at the official website: www.asthesunrisesfilm.co.uk


Midlands Movies Mike



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