Dad’s pride over art direc­tor son on hit tele­vi­sion se­ries

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A DAD has spo­ken of his pride af­ter his film­maker son’s se­ries was aired on TV

Penny Dread­ful is a hor­ror drama tele­vi­sion se­ries set in Vic­to­rian Lon­don star­ing some of the big­gest names in Hol­ly­wood.

Its art direc­tor is Jonathan McKinstry, a for­mer St Ed­ward’s Pri­mary and King’s School stu­dent who left Macclesfield in the 1980s to pur­sue his dream of work­ing in the film in­dus­try.

His dad Nat, 93, who lives in Hurds­field, is his son’s big­gest cham­pion and has even vis­ited the set of Penny Dread­ful.

Speak­ing af­ter the first episode of the sec­ond se­ries aired Nat, of Queens Av­enue, said: “I am so proud that Jonathan’s work is be­ing seen by mil­lions of peo­ple across the world.”

Jonathan is the pro­duc­tion designer on the se­ries, which means he has a key cre­ative role and is in charge of the over­all look of the film.

Work­ing di­rectly with the direc­tor and pro­ducer, his role is to se­lect the set­tings and style to vis­ually tell the story.

Nat said Jonathan was al­ways a tal­ented artist and in­ter­ested in film.

“Ever since he was a lit­tle boy it was his dream to work on films. Af­ter study­ing, he was designing high spec kitchens but knew he had to take a gam­ble to fol­low his dream.

“One day he bor­rowed my car and with just a few pounds in his pocket drove to Lon­don. He started as an er­rands boy and got his first role on Steven Spiel­berg’s Em­pire of the Sun.”

Since then Jonathan’s ca­reer has been on the up and he has worked with Tom Hanks on the Band of Broth­ers se­ries and Michael Dou­glas.

His tal­ent has seen him work on hit films in­clud­ing, To­tal Re­call, Alien III, Mission Im­pos­si­ble, Love Ac­tu­ally and Prince of Per­sia.

Nat is orig­i­nally from Ire­land and moved to Macclesfield in the 1940s.

He was Macclesfield Town goal­keeper for three sea­sons and worked for the gas board for 33 years.

●● Nat McKinstry with his film­maker son Jonathan

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