Low bud­get film beat­ing top dra­mas

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

EVERYONE has to start some­where.

Mar­cus Scott be­gan his de­but fea­ture film over a pint with a pal. Soon they were cast­ing, choos­ing lo­ca­tions and mak­ing a movie. Now their film, Re­cov­ery, is win­ning awards at film fes­ti­vals around the world.

The ul­tra low-bud­get in­die drama, made for just £2,500, was shot in Hud­der­s­field and Leeds. Mar­cus, from New­some, and writer/ di­rec­tor partner Heath Hether­ing­ton, 35, an ex-pat Aus­tralian are al­ready plan­ning a fol­low-up – a slice of what they have dubbed ‘Black­pool noir’ en­ti­tled Off Sea­son.

“I’ve al­ways had an in­ter­est in film,” says Mar­cus, who went to New­some High School and Hud­der­s­field New Col­lege.

But he ditched the no­tion of go­ing down the for­mal film school route, pre­fer­ring in­stead to get his hands dirty on a gen­uine dig­i­tal movie.

“I didn’t want to go to film school for three years and get into debt. So we just got out and made the film and learned as we went along.

“We had four days of pre-pro­duc­tion, 10 days to film it in Hud­der­s­field and Leeds and then we hit the fes­ti­val cir­cuit. We have learned so much. I wouldn’t have had the same ex­pe­ri­ence if I’d gone to univer­sity.”

Re­cov­ery fo­cuses on the ex­pe­ri­ences of Philip, who wakes up after a boozy night out chained to a ra­di­a­tor and at the mercy of Wayne, an evan­gel­i­cal fun­da­men­tal­ist with a twisted idea of sal­va­tion. It stars new­com­ers Adam Cryne and AJ Sal­is­bury.

The 71-minute drama has im­pressed enough peo­ple on the Amer­i­can fes­ti­val cir­cuit – win­ning top prize at the Los An­ge­les Hor­ror Com­pe­ti­tion – to al­low Mar­cus, who works at the Univer­sity of Leeds, and Heath, a stock­bro­ker, to con­sider a full-time ca­reer with their com­pany OBD Films.

“Re­cov­ery is re­ally low bud­get. We were go­ing up against big hit­ters with bud­gets of hun­dreds of thou­sands. We didn’t ex­pect to pick up awards. We are hold­ing our own and that’s good. Heath and I en­joy a good dy­namic so we will keep work­ing to­gether. It was my life­time am­bi­tion to make films, and I’m do­ing it.”

The film is to be re­leased on the video-on-de­mand site Vimeo on Oc­to­ber 13. In the mean­time it will get a late-night pre­miere at The Parish pub in Hud­der­s­field on Oc­to­ber 6, where lo­cals will get a chance to judge the film and spot the Hud­der­s­field lo­ca­tions that pro­vide a back­drop to the ac­tion.

Tick­ets at £6.50 are avail­able from https://www.obd­films.com/events

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