Ea­monn O’Neal

Stockport Times East - - LIFESTYLE -

I DON’T go to the pic­tures much but I’m very ex­cited about a new fea­ture film which is about to hit the screens.

It’s a com­edy called Char­lie’s Plan and it’s an amaz­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween pro­fes­sional ac­tors and real peo­ple.

It’s a unique com­edy based in a com­mu­nity cen­tre and cen­tres around Char­lie, who re­cruits his mates who all have a learn­ing dis­abil­ity, to be in his short film ‘Ship­wrecked’.

They face many ob­sta­cles from dis­in­ter­ested staff but won’t take no for an an­swer.

Sev­eral pro­fes­sional ac­tors are in the cast, in­clud­ing John Hen­shaw and Stephanie Bishop, THERE’S more lo­cal tal­ent to cel­e­brate, this time in the lit­er­ary world.

With Blood And Scars is a new novel by lo­cal au­thor Bozena Masters, who writes as BE An­dre.

It’s set in Old Traf­ford, Chorl­ton, Moss Side and Whalley Range and although it’s a mys­tery, it deals with is­sues of im­mi­gra­tion, in­clud­ing Pol­ish, Ir­ish and Ja­maican char­ac­ters and post-war ex­pe­ri­ences. who both starred in Ken Loach’s film Look­ing For Eric, and Cor­rie’s Robert Max­field.

Direc­tor and pro­ducer John McCor­mack also acts in the film, which was shot over five months last year.

Char­lie Good­ing plays the lead in the story which is based in the Ben­chill Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Wythen­shawe.

I’m look­ing for­ward to the pre­mier which will be held at Old Traf­ford in March.

I’ve had a sneak pre­view and the per­for­mances make this film unique and spe­cial.

It may well go on to win many awards – but re­gard­less of BAF­TAs and Os­cars, it’s an amaz­ing project and will bring great ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity.

Ob­vi­ously it’s fic­tion but it also gives a great in­sight into the ex­tremely dif­fi­cult life in 1944 Poland, a time when snap de­ci­sions could mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death.

The book looks at sur­vival against the odds and is a story of courage, hope and good­ness. It’s pub­lished by Peb­ble­Stone and I can rec­om­mend it, not just be­cause the Manch­ester Evening News gets men­tioned in the very first sen­tence.

Manch­ester ac­tor John Hen­shaw stars in a Wythen­shawe-based fea­ture film called Char­lie’s Plan

Direc­tor and ac­tor John McCor­mack on the set of fea­ture film Char­lie’s Plan

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