Friday, 04 September 2015

Carlisle mum lands role in new feature film

A Carlisle mum has landed the role in a new feature film, being shot in the Lake District.

Helen Teasdale photo
Helen Teasdale

Helen Teasdale, 37, of Stanwix, will play the role of Mother in the new film The Raven and the Jetty.

Helen runs her own Music Makers business for the under fives and is a vocal coach at Stagecoach Theatre Arts School on a Saturday morning. She also teaches singing and music at Blennerhasset School.

She said: “I am very excited but a bit nervous as I have never done film before.

“I am really flattered that they asked me to do the part.

“I had to do a screen test and hold different poses for 10 to 20 seconds. I am chuffed to bits.”

Filming will take place in the Easter holidays.

The film, directed by Erik Knudsen, is aimed at arthouse viewers and independent cinemas, and features a boy called Thomas travelling on his ninth birthday to visit his father, who has moved to the Lakes. Auditions were held on December 15 and 16 at Rheged, near Penrith.

Connor O’Hara, 10, from Ulverston, has been cast as Thomas with his father Robert as his on-screen father. The director is now looking to cast minor roles in the film. They need a grandmother, in her sixties or seventies, who will be needed for two days filming, and a woman in her thirties or forties, who is prepared to do nude scenes. She will be needed for one or two days.

The film also needed two budgerigars, for three to four days. The budgies need to be happy to be handled and must be able to fly around the room and return to their cages.

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