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Ghostly new feature film gives up-and-coming Lowestoft actors chance to shine

PUBLISHED: 19:00 28 October 2017

A trio of talented Lowestoft actors are set to feature in a new feature film. Picture: John Ferguson Photography

A trio of talented Lowestoft actors are set to feature in a new feature film. Picture: John Ferguson Photography

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Three up-and-coming Lowestoft actors are set to feature in a spooky new feature film.

Angeline Hunt will portray Francesca in ‘The Contraption’. Picture: Courtesy of Agnes LillisAngeline Hunt will portray Francesca in ‘The Contraption’. Picture: Courtesy of Agnes Lillis

Angeline Hunt, Sophie Scannell and Kyle Malan fought off stiff competition to secure roles in ‘The Haunted Hotel’, an independent motion picture that takes the form of an anthology featuring eight stories.

The tales span various decades between 1830 and the present day, with each of the three actors from the town appearing in one segment each.

Sophie Scannell is set to play Laura in ‘The Writer’, one of eight segments in the anthology film. Picture: Nic Skerten PhotographySophie Scannell is set to play Laura in ‘The Writer’, one of eight segments in the anthology film. Picture: Nic Skerten Photography

Angeline Hunt will be Francesca in ‘The Contraption’, Sophie Scannell is set to play Laura in ‘The Writer’ and Kyle Malan will portray Hobbit in ‘Devil Inside’.

The new film is the creation of local production company, FILM Suffolk, whose producers Matthew McGuchan, Julien Mery and Nick Woolgar are building on the success of last year’s award-winning feature, ‘With Love from Suffolk’. Also working on the project are Livid Films and Nick Woolgar Films.

Kyle Malan will portray Hobbit in ‘Devil Inside’. Picture: Courtesy of Agnes LillisKyle Malan will portray Hobbit in ‘Devil Inside’. Picture: Courtesy of Agnes Lillis

Filming for the movie took place at the The Great White Horse Hotel in Ipswich, where Charles Dickens stayed in 1834, prompting him to immortalise the town and describe the hotel at length in his 1836 classic, ‘The Pickwick Papers’.

The crew’s art department was kept busy with the need to style each room of the hotel accordingly in order to match the relevant time period.

Filming for the movie took place at the The Great White Horse Hotel in Ipswich. Picture: John Ferguson PhotographyFilming for the movie took place at the The Great White Horse Hotel in Ipswich. Picture: John Ferguson Photography

Established Lowestoft-based actors Dominic Taylor, Nick Murray Brown, Mandy Wisher and Agnes Lillis also have roles to play.

In addition, Ms Lillis’ role as casting director saw the signature of big names to the project, including Reece Ritchie (Rellik), Hugh Fraser (Poirot), Paul Moriarty (Eastenders) and Rob Jarvis (Luther).

The tales span various decades between 1830 and the present day, with each of the three actors from the Suffolk coast appearing in one segment each. Picture: Courtesy of Agnes LillisThe tales span various decades between 1830 and the present day, with each of the three actors from the Suffolk coast appearing in one segment each. Picture: Courtesy of Agnes Lillis

The project is an entirely not-for-profit venture, with a total of around 130 volunteer cast and crew working on the film to bring the eight original scripts to life.

Using crowdfunding and other investments, FILM Suffolk managed to raise the £10,000 that it had originally targeted in order to bring the project to fruition.

The new film is the creation of local production company, Film Suffolk. Picture: Courtesy of Agnes LillisThe new film is the creation of local production company, Film Suffolk. Picture: Courtesy of Agnes Lillis

The film is currently in post-production and the team is working hard towards the first cast and crew screening scheduled for Halloween.

For more information about the film, visit www.haunted-hotel.co.uk

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