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Actors and actresses from Baby Boy

Acting Up

This summer, local youngsters have been starring in a new Cornish Film.

The students from Penwith can be seen acting in this years Cornish Film Festival.

In the last couple of weeks you may have noticed a scruffy bunch of people wondering around the coastline of west Cornwall carrying large cases and cans of beer.

No, they were not on there way to a good night out, they were actually starring in a new Cornish film!

Director of Baby Boy, Jane Pugh
Director, Jane Pugh

It's called 'Baby Boy' and the director, Jane Pugh hopes it will be screened at the Cornish Film Festival in November.

"It's a story of a brother and sister, Susan and Shaun. Susan is very close to her brother and one night Susan's friends are not very nice to her brother and she has to make a very difficuilt descision on where her loyalties lie. If I think it's good enough it will be shown at the Cornish Film Festival"

Megan and Shaun acting  on set in Penzance.
Megan and Shaun on set.

The cast of six are all local to Penwith and love acting. The two lead roles are played by Megan Roberts (Susan) and Shaun Patterson (Shaun).

The project was shot over five days. Three days at Geevor Tin Mine and two in a terraced house in Penzance.

The tin mine was used as a special setting for Susan and her friends; a place where they can escape from their troubles, chill out on their own and er... get drunk - hence the bags of beer. A vital ingredient in the life of a teenager I'm sure you'll agree!

Megan Roberts from Cape Cornwall School.
Megan Roberts at Geevor Tin Mine

Fifteen year old Megan Roberts has always wanted to be famous and thinks that getting involved in a local production is one of the best ways to get experience in the film industry.

"It's actually really really good for my portfolio for when I go for an audition at another place. It's good to have this kind of experience because it's quite unusual to get it. All my friends think I'm going to be famous!"

As Megan says, it can be hard to get a break in the industry but any work - voluntary or paid will be a great help when looking to enter into the film business.

The film was produced by Squashy Films. The company was set up to manage the financial side of things, but they hope to record many more films featureing young Cornish actors and actresses in the future.

So, if you wanna be the next Cameron Diaz or Tom Cruise, then listen out for what the group are doing next.

Listen to the interviews:
'Baby Boy' report on BBC Radio Cornwall.

 

Keep checking this page - in a few weeks you'll be able to see a picture gallery of the filming.

 

 

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