David en­joys big screen suc­cess

Film-maker heads for Canada fes­ti­val Kim to take stage at cas­tle event

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - MEMORIES - By Ali­son Ren­nie

IT WAS his dream to have his work screened at a pres­ti­gious film fes­ti­val.

And for North-east di­rec­tor David Keith his wish came true when his film was show­cased at the star-stud­ded event in Cannes.

But, just a few months on, the 31-year-old is de­lighted his work will now see him at­tend the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in Septem­ber.

David, of New­ton­hill, said he was thrilled when his hor­ror/com­edy f i l m At t a c k o f t h e Her b a l s first at­tracted at­ten­tion in Amer­ica.

He said: “I was over­whelmed when a dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany in Los An­ge­les picked it up. We have had a great re­sponse.

“I just found out re­cently that the film will now be screened at the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

“I can’t be­lieve it. It’s ex­cit­ing.”

David, who grew up as­pir­ing to be­come a di­rec­tor af­ter fall­ing in love with film and the se­crets be­hind movie-mak­ing, said he has just com­pleted shoot­ing five new scenes for the film.

Af­ter it was screened at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, LA-based sales agent Camelot En­ter­tain­ment of­fered to fi­nance the shoot­ing of new scenes to at­tract more movie buy­ers.

David said: “It was a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity. We shot the scenes at Blairs Col­lege.

“These ad­di­tional scenes made the film more com­mer­cial, which will hope­fully help to at­tract more buy­ers. I can’t wait for it to be shown at the fes­ti­val.”

David said the new scenes for At­tack of the Her­bals re­volved around the story of a mys­te­ri­ous crate that washes up in the small vil­lage of Lob­ster Cove.

And the scenes tell the story of the crate and its dark ori­gins.

The for­mer Portlethen Academy pupil, who runs his own busi­ness, Clear Fo­cus and Video Mul­ti­me­dia, A NORTH-EAST singing sen­sa­tion is set to per­form at a ma­jor North-east mu­sic event.

For­mer El­lon Academy pupil Kim An­der­son, 21, will per­form along­side soul mu­sic le­gend Bev­er­ley Knight and Scot­tish folk band Ca­per­cail­lie at Fyvie Live 2011, on Au­gust 13 at Fyvie Cas­tle. Kim is in the sec­ond year of her mu­si­cal theatre said he also has ideas of a pos­si­ble se­quel for the film.

He said: “The com­pany Camelot En­ter­tain­ment would like a se­quel, so I have a draft writ­ten up.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity for some big names at the Toronto fes­ti­val to see our work.” di­ploma at the Stella Mann Col­lege of Per­form­ing Arts, and was re­cently named one of the 12 most promis­ing stu­dents in per­form­ing arts col­leges in and around Lon­don.

Kim, pic­tured, said: “This will be the big­gest au­di­ence I’ve per­formed in front of so far.

“Fyvie Live sounds like it’s go­ing to be an in­cred­i­bly spe­cial event.”

GREAT RE­SPONSE: Award­win­ning film di­rec­tor David Keith. POP­U­LAR: At­tack of the Her­bals at­tracted at­ten­tion in Amer­ica.

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