A NEW independent film stars a former Henley resident in the lead role.
Christie-Luke Jones lived in Henley until the age of 19 in Harpsden Road and attended Sacred Heart Primary School and Gillotts School, before completing his A levels at The Henley College.
He is now in B4, directed by award-winning Harrow-based film-maker Patrick Ryder. The film is in post-production and will hopefully be screened this autumn.
It has recently raised more than £800 on Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects, which will go towards creating a professional score for the film, hopefully with live orchestral elements.
Mr Jones, who is now 27 and lives in East Finchley, North London, works for an advertising technology company having earned a combined honours degree in French and German at the University of Exeter.
But he said if he got the opportunity to act full-time he would “grab it with both hands”.
He first found his passion for film-making and acting at the age of 14 after being inspired by friend Alex Brock, who also attended Gillotts. He is now a filmmaker who lives in Purley.
Mr Jones has acted in several short films including last year’s lead role in horror The Ice Field.
He has also worked as an extra and had background roles in hidden camera show The Pranker, costume drama The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and has featured in adverts for the Post Office. The majority of B4 was shot over one weekend in April at Ruislip Lido and interior flat scenes, he said.
“I’m pleased with how I got on. It was a bit daunting this time because I was working with a couple of actresses who are well established on the independent scene — Sian Abrahams and Sharon Lawrence.
“I’m completely staying very humble. At the moment we’re very much small scale but now we’ve got better equipment and we’ve honed our acting a bit more. When I was at school I never thought it would get to this point.
“We’d also love to meet like-minded people who are similarly passionate about film making, whether they be actors, composers, set designers or otherwise. We are a very open production company and are always looking to recruit new talent wherever it can be found.”
Mr Jones said he may now play a Nazi officer in a Second World War short, directed by Mr Ryder, but is also hoping to write a screenplay.
Mr Ryder’s production company, Little Glass Pictures, has won several prestigious awards, most recently a $10,000 charity prize in Madonna’s Art for Freedom competition.
He also won a national competition called Film the House at the House of Commons in front of members from Bafta, Lionsgate, Universal and Paramount, all on a £50 budget.
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