County sets the scene Former Eastender in region for new film
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. email@example.com
Ben Kyprianisis, director of the film Last Chancers