Weston - the new Los Angeles?
PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 October 2011 | UPDATED: 15:43 07 October 2011
FEW people get the opportunity to shoot a $2million film in Los Angeles. Even fewer would consider switching the location to Weston when such a deal falls through.
But that is exactly the situation for writer Leslie Rogers and American producer Jack Paulson and their latest film, Frail, now starring ex-Peak Practice star Simon Shepherd and Doctor Who actress Catrin Stewart.
They said a ‘few minor tweaks’ had to be made to the script to accommodate the change of location, but otherwise said the story was much the same.
The pair now work together for Suspended Films in Bristol after having met in America several years ago.
The original US film, featuring ‘high-profile’ actors, fell through two years ago after the recession hit the film industry and so the pair decided to shoot it independently in Weston and the surrounding area.
Frail is based on a young student who moves to the University of Bristol to study law and the subsequent relationship that develops between her and her landlord.
Jack said the film was shot in just two weeks, which caused some difficulties, but he said he was hopeful it would promote the South West as a centre of drama.
He said: “We have had to create this like a play. The crew really wanted to do a feature and do something around here and they have stepped up and made it possible.”
There will be many familiar sights to viewers, with filming taking place at Uphill beach and around Weston.
Weston’s former mayor, John Ley-Morgan allowed the crew to use the house he shares with his wife Anne for one scene, after being approached by a friend.
The last few scenes were shot last weekend and following editing it will be shown at the Watershed in Bristol early next year, as Jack and Leslie look to sell it to distributors.