A former film production student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has notched up his first feature film as a Producer.
Ed Rastelli-Lewis’ The Caravan recently premiered at Wigan’s Cinworld and has now been officially launched on iTunes. The all-British drama tells a story about how a woman’s death brings her husband and adult son together, following years of separation. However, the men despise each other so it’s only a matter of time before the sparks begin to fly. The father and son are played by Mark Sheals and Darren Connolly who first met on the set of award-winning TV show, Shameless.
“It takes guts, hard work, an unending reservoir of energy and the right attitude to produce a feature film. It’s absolutely fantastic to see Ed put into practice some of the things that he learned whilst at UCLan."
Ed explained: “Once Mark and Darren had outlined their terrific idea for a film, they approached me to help bring the project together. As with every project it had its challenges but by getting the budget of £250,000 financed we were able to get it off the ground and move into production.”
The film was shot mainly on location in Wales, and also stars Shirley Henderson (Bridget Jones, Trainspotting, Harry Potter) and Karen Hassan (The Fall, Hollyoaks). UCLan encourages its film production students to leverage value from the talent they get attached to their films, something that Ed agrees with.“Having a strong cast was extremely important, as there were some challenging scenes and we needed to make sure we had credible talent who could do it justice. It also helps with the marketing and promotion activity”, he said.
Chris says, “It takes guts, hard work, an unending reservoir of energy and the right attitude to produce a feature film. It’s absolutely fantastic to see Ed put into practice some of the things that he learned whilst at UCLan. His success proves how our feature film module delivers meaningful, real-world training to our students. And it’s also lovely to see that he was able to offer work to other former students such as Ben Hall and Simon Truddaiu”.
Ed is currently working in Budapest in production on two more feature films, and has promised to deliver a film production workshop to students when he returns in the autumn. He is also developing a couple of his own feature film projects.