Midlands Spotlight - Crossing Paths Premiere
On 26th March Midlands Movies had the great honour of being asked to host the cast and crew premiere for the Derby short film Crossing Paths which was being shown at the Broadway cinema.
Nottingham’s Broadway cinema is in the heart of the city’s creative quarter and was the perfect venue for the first big-screen showing of this exciting Midlands-shot short film.
We have already reviewed the film (read here) so knew what to expect but the added support from those involved in the making of the film including the actors, writers and musicians made the screening all the more special for its inaugural presentation.
Director Ben Bloore was the first to arrive and had with him a brand new banner with the film’s artwork printed on. The poster uses a shot from the film which centres around the lives of two intersecting souls whose circumstances lead them to question guilt, responsibilities and family matters.
Also in attendance was writer Ben Fowkes and after a test of the sound and projector, Screen 4 was all set to receive the first guests on this bright Saturday morning.
The actors arrived first and with a variety of different experiences had fun meeting up again and before long, guests were invited down to have photos taken and then subsequently took their seats in the auditorium.
A warm welcome was given by Ben before he explained that today’s showing was the culmination of a year long journey and that the audience would have a chance to ask questions of the cast and crew once the film had ended.
The lights dimmed and the film began and although under 10 minutes long, the serious themes of the film came across with power and a few gasps were heard as well as many tears shed.
Once the lights came up, a huge round of applause erupted before the cast were asked to come to the front to discuss their involvement.
First up was film and TV actress Michelle Darkin-Pirce who is currently recording 'Breaking In' for radio, a play by writer Adrian Reynolds. She has also appeared in Emmerdale on ITV and plays Alison in the film. The audience were surprised to hear her love for physical roles and had people laughing when she exclaimed that she is often cast as a drug user, although she made clear SHE wasn’t – and more recently, had been cast as the mother of a drug user.
Next up was the experienced Mark Tunstall as Sean who has also appeared in Doctors on BBC1 and explained that his background helped him come to the brief role with a fully formed idea of what was required and enjoyed the chemistry with his fellow actors.
Phil Molloy was praised by Ben for only coming aboard a week before shooting after another cast member dropped out. Phil plays Matthew in Crossing Paths and has also starred in the films Soft and Dysnomia. He felt the tough themes of the film contrasted with the lovely atmosphere on set, especially the park-shoot which was filmed on a glorious day but had some problems with public passer-bys.
And the final cast member to take the stage was the exceptional Tina Harris as Lorraine. Tina is known for her wide range of roles in films on The Regiment, Northern Soul and Happy New Year as well as coming from a stint from sci-fi TV series Red Dwarf.
And last but not least was the man who had thrown his own heart and soul into creating, filming and completing Crossing Paths, Ben Bloore himself. Thanking the enormous support from those involved, Ben also explained that film was soon to be released on the festival circuit with them waiting to hear from 5 exciting possibilities in the coming months.
A few questions from the audience were thrown out about the superb music from the film before the event finished on a high note from Ben who recommended anyone trying to get a project off the ground to get out there and do it no matter how long, and sometimes frustrating, it takes to achieve.
And with that a final good bye was said and a hugely proud and supportive audience congratulated both Bens for all their hard work and wished them success on their ongoing career and journey with the film.
A few photos can be seen on the film’s Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1530286923938232/
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