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From Nottingham to London to Brighton

This year's big Brit flick has more than just one Nottingham connection. It is produced in the city and stars a local teenager.

London To Brighton, a thriller set in the seedy underworld of London, is a low budget film.

Producer Al Clark, who is based at the Broadway Media Centre, says London to Brighton follows the gritty tradition of British crime thrillers.

"It's a story of a 25 year old prostitute on the run with a 12 year old girl in tow. They're running from her pimp and gang members. You don't know why they're running but the story unfolds in flashbacks. It's an art house thriller."

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Georgia's big screen debut

Georgia Groome, a pupil at Trent College, is a 14 year old playing a 12 year old in an 18 certificate film.

"We had to check that the script was all fine with it being quite a strong subject and I decided that I was grown up enough to audition."

Alastair Clark and Georgia Groome
Alastair and Georgia

She is as member of the ITV Junior Workshop in Nottingham. After a succession of interviews she got the all important phone call offering her the part.

Georgia's role is a tough one. She has to do a lot of screaming, she's involved in demanding fight scenes and had to endure long days and nights on set but she finished her role back in February.

Al's production path

Al produced the film along with his colleague Rachel Robey. They're part of a Nottingham-based production team, Wellington Films Ltd.

"We made a short film with the same director Paul Andrew Williams in 2001 called Royalty which did very well at festivals. He approached us in May last year saying he'd written a feature length script based on the same characters and would we like to do it with him.

Georgia as Joanne in London to Brighton
Georgia as Joanne in London

"We jumped at the chance obviously."

Al thinks Nottingham is a good place to be at the moment.

"This is a good city for filmmaking. It's got a very lively filmmaking community. Traditions of Shane Meadows and Chris Cooke and soon Simon Ellis... [There's ] a lot of team spirit here but also funding from EM Media in this region."

The release

London to Brighton is going on nationwide release from Friday, 1st December 2006.

Georgia as Joanne in London to Brighton
Georgia as Joanne in Brighton

However, it's already won several awards at this year's film festivals and received rave reviews from several national newspapers.

Writer / director Paul Andrew Williams received the Skillset New Directors Award at the Edinburgh festival. London to Brighton has won the Grand Jury Award at the Dinard British Film Festival and also won of Best UK Feature at Raindance 2006. It's scored five stars in the Guardian and The Times called London to Brighton "a supremely confident piece of storytelling".

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last updated: 13/11/06
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