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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Promotional scenes shot in Cumbria for new film

A Brigham actress’s bid to raise £200,000 to fund a film production of her play is heading in the right direction after promotional scenes were filmed in Cockermouth this week.

Emma Rydale photo
Jane Dickens, playing midwife and Emma Rydal as Charlotte

Emma Rydal, 43, of West Croft, wants to turn True, a semi-autobiographical play, into a full-length film but raising money has proved difficult.

She aims to crowdsource funding for the project through Kickstarter – a website allowing creative people to pitch ideas online to backers across the world.

It is hoped the promotional film will be shown at The Kirkgate Centre in February.

Emma, who starred in TV series The Royal, Playing the Field and Bafta award-winning film East is East, said: “To see my play start to come to life through filming has been just brilliant.

“Everyone who has helped us so far we can’t thank enough.

“I’m getting very excited that this could finally happen and that the full play could be turned into a film.”

The 10-minute promotional film includes a post office scene at the United Reformed Church.

Other scenes were filmed at DSL Betting on Main Street, W Lindsay & Sons and County Fruit Stores in Station Street, and Castlegate Gallery in Castlegate.

It was directed by Cockermouth actor and director Toby Gaffney and produced by ex-broadcast producer Melanie Wheatley, of Greysouthen. It was made by the three friends’ production company True Productions Limited, which they set up in March.

About 40 west Cumbrians had parts or were crew in the production.

Emma added: “I’ve seen Cockermouth through very different eyes this week and realised our town is just so beautiful. It has made the perfecting setting for these scenes.

“The play spans four decades and embraces the seasons, so Cockermouth at this time of year with all the lights, the tree and the decorations, was perfect for what we were trying to portray.”

Emma’s play True won the audience award for best play and an Equity award when it premiered at Manchester’s 24:7 Theatre Festival two years ago.

She wrote the piece, made up of five monologues, and turned one of the speeches into the short film One Last Walk, which was directed by Mr Gaffney.

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