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Paul Gerstenberger
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Southampton Institute graduate Paul Gerstenberger has seen his work come to life on the big screen.

His film Fakers had its Gala Premiere at the very cinema he used to work at as a student.

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Paul, along with the cast and crew of Fakers and hoards of film lovers, watched the Brit-flick at the UGC Cinema in Southampton.

BBC South's Amanda Hussain was at the premiere and spoke to Paul, director Richard Janes and actor Tom Chambers before the viewing to find out a bit more about them.

Fakers

Paul began his writing career in 1995 when he wrote a short script about the end of the world that made it through to the quarter finals of the Lloyds Bank Film Challenge. A year later, he went to Southampton Institute to study Film.

"I've always felt that movies should be primarily about entertainment - making the audience forget about their own lives for 90 minutes and get lost in the film," says Paul.

Paul's attitude to movies is reflected in his Fakers script. The film, a cross between The Thomas Crown Affair, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and The Italian Job, is an energetic, fast paced crime caper that he wrote shortly after graduating from Southampton Institute with an MA in Film and Filmmaking in 2001.

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Fakers stars Matthew Rhys and Art Malik

The first draft took just three weeks to complete. He sent the script to director Richard Janes, who immediately knew it was a film he wanted to make.

The plot is based around the London art world with the central character Nick Edwards, played by Matthew Rhys (Deathwatch) owing £50,000 to super-smooth and brutal crime-lord Foster Wright, played by Art Malik (True Lies, Living Daylights and BBC's Holby City). He has just four days to find the cash.

When he stumbles across a lost sketch by a legendary artist, Nick believes his problems are solved. The trouble is, it’s only worth 15 grand! A plan is hatched to forge the drawing and sell it to five Mayfair galleries within an hour before anyone cottons onto the fact there’s a scam going down.

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Shaun Of The Dead's Kate Ashfield also stars

The film has a well-known British cast and big action sequences despite its low budget, including a high-speed Italian Job style car chase between galleries and a market.

But is Fakers any good? BBC South asked two film experts their thoughts on the movie:

Peter Sellwood, a film tutor at the Arts Institute in Bournemouth said: "It's a wonderful British film. It really showed the quality of British talent. It was a well written story showcasing the technical aspects of British cinema."

Sarah West, an independent filmmaker said: "I thought it was great. It was funny, it was cheeky, it had some really nice, well-timed moments."

Since writing Fakers Paul has been involved in many other film projects including a children's film called Elvis The Hamster and an as yet untitled coming of age film. He has also written and produced a short film called Thy Right Hand.

 
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