Sunday, 26 September 2021

Documentary makers appealing for extras

A FILM crew is looking for extras for when it comes to Goring and Ipsden.

A FILM crew is looking for extras for when it comes to Goring and Ipsden.

Marathon Films is shooting a feature about Captain Matthew Webb, who became the first man to swim the Channel without mechanical aids in 1875.

The company will be filming at Goring village hall between 8am and 2pm next Friday and needs about 20 people to appear in the background.

The scene will be one in which inventor Paul Boyton, played by actor Terry Mynott, demonstrates an inflatable swimming suit.

Most vacancies are for non-speaking parts although one or two extras will be given some dialogue.

On August 19, the crew will be filming at a house in Ipsden, which will be made over to look like a pub. The film, whose title is yet to be announced, is being directed by Justin Hardy, from Moulsford, who has worked on more than a dozen historical dramas and documentaries and been nominated for three BAFTAs.

It will be shown at film festivals when it is released early next year.

Producer Muireann Price said: “We are doing this on a shoestring budget — it is more a labour of love than anything else.

“We’ve had a lot of interest from potential extras. I think we’ve already heard from about 40 people.”

Ms Price said the main characters would be played by “quite a well-known cast” but could not confirm their names.

Anyone interested in taking part should email marathonfilms1875@gmail.com

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