Film-maker Marie set to get her maiden project off the ground

Reporter: Simon Smedley
Date published: 04 December 2018

Having seen her dreams of an acting career placed on hold for now, Oldham-based Marie Hynes has decided to try her luck behind the camera, and now she is about to get a short film production off the ground.

Marie is currently at the pre-production stage of a Peaky Blinders-inspired film, with Bill Fellows and Nick Cornwall set to play parts.

Thanks to funding assistance from TLH Auctions’ Tommy Higham and photographic assistance from Chris Tritschler, a week of filming is set to get under way on January 14, 2019.

Director Marie said: “I was an actor and played several small parts.

“One included being a sniper in a film called ‘The Tournament’, directed by Scott Mann.

“I love the film industry, but acting wasn’t meant to be for me.

“It doesn’t seem to suit me and I’ve had quite a few disastrous auditions.

“I have always written but never believed I was any good at it.

“I wrote a short film many years ago and it only took an afternoon to write.

“A few people saw and liked it, and before I knew it I had a full crew at my door and we were filming it. 

“Cut to years later, and after trying unsuccessfully to be an actor I gave it up as a bad job, but carried on writing.

“Peaky Blinders inspired me to revisit a story I had in mind for a long time and I finally wrote it.

“I put an ad out there and a fantastic Director of Photography, Chris Tritschler, answered that he’d like to help, along with several others. Now we have a near full crew.

“I still need £3,000 to pay the crew travel expenses, catering, insurance and sound and camera hire, so I’ve come up with a solution that I can write a small scene and sell it off for funding.

“Someone’s daughter or son can be in it with lines if they can help with funding.

“Alternatively, if there is a company that can help fund, in return I will advertise in the film titles with a special thanks.”

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