County sets the scene For­mer Eastender in re­gion for new film

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - By ROBIN JENK­INS

FOR­MER Eas­ten­ders ac­tor Brian Croucher is one of the stars of a fea­ture length movie be­ing made in Chel­tenham and other parts of Glouces­ter­shire.

Per­haps best known for his role as Ted Hills, which he played from 1995 to 1997, he has also ap­peared in nu­mer­ous other TV pro­grammes - in­clud­ing Bot­tom, Doc­tor Who and Doc­tors.

Croucher is be­ing joined by other ac­tors, such as Lisa Ron­aghan (Hu­mans and Frac­tured Minds), Emily Card­ing (Ghost sto­ries) and Larry Rew for a 90-minute film called Last Chancers be­ing shot mainly in Chel­tenham but also in other parts of the county.

Shoot­ing for the com­edy/crime drama be­gan on Septem­ber 25 and is due to end on Oc­to­ber 15.

Peo­ple may have spot­ted the stars and the Dark Es­cape Films pro­duc­tion team in Chel­tenham this week, where they have been film­ing in­side and out­side Manor by the Lake in Up Hather­ley, near The Brew­ery Quar­ter and in some of the town’s parks.

At Manor by the Lake, they have been film­ing a key mas­quer­ade ball scene that they have been pre­par­ing for, for months.

Pro­ducer Ben Kypri­an­i­dis and di­rec­tor Phil Stubbs are for­mer film stu­dents at Glouces­ter­shire Col­lege and raised £200,000 to make the movie.

It fo­cuses on two char­ac­ters, Flynn and Ai­den, who get into debt with gang­sters.

Ben de­scribed the story as “a crazy lit­tle tale” and said it was his and Phil’s first fea­ture film, although they had pre­vi­ously made short films.

He said: “This is mas­sive news for us. It’s scary and ex­cit­ing at the same time.”

The team plan to move on to Tewkes­bury to do some film­ing on Oc­to­ber 11 and 12.

Ben added that he aimed to have the film fin­ished early next year and then hoped to sell it, per­haps to a stream­ing ser­vice, film fes­ti­val or TV chan­nel such as Chan­nel 4.

It was there­fore pos­si­ble, he said, that the pub­lic would be able to see the film later next year. robin.jenk­ins@reach­

Pic­ture: Mark Watkins

Ben Kypri­an­i­sis, di­rec­tor of the film Last Chancers

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