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American première for Welsh film comedy Big Font. Large Spacing

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 09:19 UK time, Thursday, 22 April 2010

A new Welsh film comedy, made in just a three-week period in Cardiff on what the company describes as a 'micro-budget', has enjoyed an impressive world première at the Atlanta Film Festival.

Off-beat comedy Big Font. Large Spacing is the feature début of writer and director Paul Howard Allen. It follows two hapless psychology students as they each desperately attempt to write 5,000 word essays in the space of 12 hours, in a bid to not fail their degrees.

Production photograph from Big Font. Large Spacing featuring James Kristian and Gareth Aldon, courtesy 33Story Productions.

Photo from Big Font. Large Spacing featuring James Kristian and Gareth Aldon. Courtesy 33Story Productions.

That gut-wrenching feeling as the realisation dawns that you've forgotten about a vital piece of work is surely something many students past and present can relate to. I know I certainly can.

The film stars James Kristian as Tom, most recognisable from popular Channel 4 drama As If, and his partner in essay-writing crime Steve, played by actor Gareth Aldon, a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

The students figure their only hope of completing their assignments lies in stealing the 'holy grail of psychology resources', a folder of course notes belonging to Debbie - the housemate of Tom's girlfriend Sarah. Sarah is played by actor Amy Morgan, another former student at the Royal Welsh College, and Kimberley Wintle plays Debbie.

Photo from Big Font. Large Spacing featuring Kimberley Wintle and Amy Morgan. Courtesy 33Story Productions.

Big Font. Large Spacing stars Kimberley Wintle and Amy Morgan. Photo: 33Story Productions.

Writer/director Allen, who doubles as a lecturer in psychology at Cardiff University, said of the film's debut: "We were really excited when we found out we'd been selected for Atlanta.

"'Big Font. Large Spacing' is screening alongside some really renowned films so it's great to receive such recognition after all the care and time we put into the project."

Browse a photo gallery of production shots from the film and visit the Big Font. Large Spacing website for the latest news and information.


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