Colin the big film star!

A STUDENT film crew descended on Burnham last week to record a documentary about the town's most famous Chamber of Trade member - Big Issue seller, Colin Johnstone. Michael Howard, aged 22, saw the tale of 59-year-old Colin and how he may be evicted from

A STUDENT film crew descended on Burnham last week to record a documentary about the town's most famous Chamber of Trade member - Big Issue seller, Colin Johnstone. Michael Howard, aged 22, saw the tale of 59-year-old Colin and how he may be evicted from his caravan by Sedgemoor District Council, which first appeared in the Weston & Somerset Mercury and decided to make a documentary about him for his course.Michael is studying at The International Film School in Newport, in Wales and lives just off Marine Drive in Burnham. He said: "When I saw Colin's story in the news I thought it was a complete injustice. People have turned against him without knowing anything about him."The former Kings of Wessex and Hugh Sexey student filmed Colin at the Big Issue office in Bristol on Tuesday and in Burnham on Wednesday. He hopes to pitch the film to Channel 4's three-minute wonder slot and will post it on YouTube and give a copy to Colin and his landlady Sylvia Sparkes. Michael added: "Hopefully we will be able to expand the film when Colin has the decision from the council. We also want to highlight the issue that he isn't leeching off society and we are using the title 'Working Not Begging'." Colin's story was first featured in the Weston & Somerset Mercury when he was told he would have to apply for planning permission to live in his caravan, which is parked in the garden of Sylvia Sparkes, on Steart Avenue. Sedgemoor District Council is expected to announce its decision within the next two months, but declined to comment.


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