From Hull to the silver screen: Film company’s hopes for new release

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Jan 2018

AN independent film company says it hopes to can build on a successful 2017 by seeing its newest film, shot entirely in the Hull and Humber region, appear on the region’s cinema screens. 

Dead Bod Films, based above Kardomah94 in Hull city centre, is looking to follow up the success of its first short film, The Bagpipe- Maker’s Baby, with further critical acclaim. 

The Bagpipe-Maker’s Baby was recently shortlisted at the Toronto International Film Festival and writer and producer Julian Woodford says he has equal high hopes for the company’s next production, One Summer When You Went Away. 

Mr Woodford said the film was made on a veritable shoestring budget, but hopes it can be successful and prove the viability of film production firms in the region. 

“People talk about micro-budget productions. I think you’d have to describe this as a micro-micro production,” he said.

“It’s not easy to make films on these sorts of budgets, but I hope we are proving that it can be done, and it can be done successfully in Hull.

“We think we have a film that looks of a much higher quality than the amount of money it has been made for. We have relied on a lot of fantastic actors and staff from Hull and the East Riding, so it is very much a local film.”

 The cast members

One Summer When You Went Away is currently in post-production, and is due to be completed around June. 

Mr Woodford wrote the film with Chris Hopkins, and produced it with Emily Brown in a roughly two-year development process. 

He says Dead Bod Films has started to grow following the success of the Bagpipe- Maker’s Baby, for which the firm has also agreed a screening deal with Paris-based Art District Radio to broadcast on new digital TV channel Art District TV. 

Mr Woodford said: “Emily had been supported on a paid internship with us for pre-production and production, supported by the BFI and Creative Skill Set, facilitated by Chris at Bridge Way Films. 

“The team has all been people from Hull and East Yorkshire. The locations have all been in a small radius around here. 

“We had a tight-knit group over just 12 days, so it was a fantastic experience to make it. The actors we found are incredibly talented and I’m really happy with what we have shot. We’re hoping it will be shown at some film festivals, so it’s just about finishing it and getting as many people as possible to see it.”

The film-maker says that the region has a large pool of talent, and believes there is particularly a good opportunity for successful smaller films and television shows to be made locally.

He said: “It will be hard to create a sustainable market here for full-length feature films in the area, but there is certainly talent to be invested into. 

“Particularly looking at TV and smaller films, there is a huge opportunity for people to come and work in the region. Hopefully, we help to show that slightly.”

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