Call for talent as film shot in town
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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