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DARTFORD: Teens making dreams of stardom a reality with own film
3:10pm Saturday 7th November 2009 in News
A trio of teenagers with dreams of breaking into the movie industry have decided to do it by making their own film. They invited reporter MICHAEL PURTON behind the scenes.
FOR most young people becoming a moviestar is just a dream, but friends Aaron Morris, Louis Findlay and Alistair Roustaing have begun making the dream a reality.
The three 18-year-olds will begin shooting their own romantic comedy Two Friends and the Art Of Relationships after Christmas and hope to have it in cinemas by next December.
They have amassed a cast and crew of almost 200, have a DVD distribution deal and are in talks to get TV comedy star Danny John Jules, who played Cat in Red Dwarf, involved in the film.
Without any funding, they have managed to get the project off the ground with the help of friends - equipment has been donated and cast and crew are all volunteers.
Kingsley Avenue in Dartford resident Aaron, who produces and stars in the film, said: “We came up with the idea in the summer because we all want to be actors but want to do it our own way.
“We found the script online and the writer agreed to let us use it, and we then started phoning and emailing around to ask for help and loads of people have agreed to.”
Describing the film, the Dartford Technology College student said: “It’s about two best friends, each at opposite ends of the scale of wealth, but both with the same problem with women - they just can’t commit.
“They end up having a bet that leads them to change their minds about women and life.”
Louis is directing and starring in the film and he says he is “amazed” by the response from local people.
He said: “We set up a page on Facebook to promote the film and we’ve had people who’ve seen the page come up to us and tell us they’re looking forward to seeing the film.”
The porter added: “It’s set in Dartford and we’re going to shoot it here and the soundtrack will feature music from local bands, so the film will promote the area.”
Louis also lives in Kingsley Avenue and grew up with Aaron, and he says “We have always been into film and always wanted to make a living out of something we love.
“This is a real opportunity to do that.”
As well as seeing the film as a way to break into the industry, the three friends also view it as an opportunity to put across a positive message.
Alistair, from Chatham, who is a student at North West Kent College, said: “The film is funny, but it also has a message about being a good person.
“We think young people will really be able to relate to it.”