Call for tal­ent as film shot in town

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@trin­i­tymir­ @chantelle­heeds

AFEATURE-LENGTH film m is be­ing made at sev­eral l land­marks in South­port – and lo­cal peo­ple can get in­volved.

Per­fectly Frank is a mu­si­cal be­ing filmed in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions s in the sea­side town.

The lo­ca­tions that have been n con­firmed so far in­clude Wes­ley y Street, the Prince of Wales Ho­tel, , South­port Pier and Hes­keth Park. .

The story fo­cuses on an n 18-year-old man, Frank, who suf­fers from ago­ra­pho­bia and so­cial iso­la­tion.

The pro­tag­o­nist has been raised by his grandad, and the pair reg­u­larly en­joy ’50s and ’60s mu­si­cals to­gether.

Frank faces a num­ber of chal­lenges and can only leave the house when hold­ing his grandad’s hand.

But when his grandad be­comes ill, he has no choice but to leave the house alone.

The pro­duc­tion is filmed through Frank’s eyes, which the pro­duc­ers say aims to al­low the au­di­ence to “see the world in a beau­ti­ful, mag­i­cal and mu­si­cal way”.

Luke Rufo, who is a pro­ducer for ITV, wrote the script and he is di­rect­ing the pro­duc­tion.

Luke, who lives in Liver­pool, is pas­sion­ate about the mu­si­cal as the char­ac­ter of the grandad is loosely based on his own gran- dad. The di­rec­tor is cre­at­ing the pro­duc­tion along­side his wife of five years, 37-year-old Klare Rufo – who is the pro­ducer.

She said: “Luke had writ­ten the script in 2007 and it has been a work in progress ever since.

“A few per­sonal things hap­pened to us last year, and we said ‘what are we wait­ing for?’

“We have funded the film with our sav­ings, and have spent around £4,000 so far.”

It is thought that the final film will be around 1 hour and 40 min­utes long, and film­ing is to take place ev­ery week­end un­til the end of Septem­ber.

Klare added: “We chose South­port as the lo­ca­tion for our film be­cause we got such a good re­cep­tion from lo­cal peo­ple and busi­ness own­ers.

“We had al­ready tried ar­eas in Liver­pool and we felt that South- port was the per­fect des­ti­na­tion.

“It fits with our film as well, which is very tra­di­tional and has a 1950s theme.”

All the cast and crew in­volved in the pro­duc­tion are do­nat­ing their time and tal­ent free of charge – in­clud­ing lo­cal peo­ple.

For ex­am­ple, South­port’s Danny Howard, who worked for 30 years as a pho­tog­ra­pher, is the film’s as­so­ciate pro­ducer.

Marie Critch­ley, who has pre­vi­ously ap­peared on Coro­na­tion Street, has also been cast and the or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing that more South­port res­i­dents will join in.

The pro­duc­ers are urg­ing peo­ple of all ages to at­tend Hes­keth Park on Sun­day, June 3 at 9.30am to take part.

Roles of the par­tic­i­pants will in­volve “mim­ing lines and look­ing happy,” and the pro­duc­ers are hop­ing to fill the en­tire park for the scene.

If you would like to take part, con­tact Klare on per­fect­lyfrankmovie@out­ to find out how you can get in­volved.

The ac­tors cast as Frank (Con­nor Deino Simkins) and grandad (David Knopov) in Per­fectly Frank, be­ing filmed in South­port, re­hears­ing their lines

Pro­ducer Klare Rufo

Writer/ di­rec­tor Luke Rufo

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