Lighthouse Poole was heaving with young talent on Saturday, with the queue stretching out of the door.
Everyone had turned up to audition for ‘Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?’ a crazy, zany, funny, exciting adventure film being made by Dorset film makers Tim Clague and Danny Stack.They want to make a kids’ film, for kids, with kids in the lead role.
Luckily the local area is jam packed with amazing acting skills and energy.
Danny Stack said; “We always knew there was this amazing talent out there, but even we were shocked by numbers that showed up.”
281 children arrived to try and land a place in the film, some travelling from as far away as London and even Portugal.
Susie Carver, from Lighthouse Poole, said; “We’re really pleased to be supporting local filmmakers and will be following the progress of this film with great interest.This was the biggest queue we’ve had in a long time.”
There was also a surprise appearance from the title character too, Nelson Nutmeg. In fact a custom-made costume, featuring its own cooling system, all designed by Harriet Cox, a recent graduate of the Arts University Bournemouth.
The film is set on the Jurassic Coast, a major holiday destination for families. On their annual summer holiday, four misfit kids suspect that their holiday park’s mascot has been ‘bumped off’.
They set out to find the evidence they need. Can they reveal the culprit? And can they convince their sceptical parents that they were right all along?
Tim says, “Our next stage is to try and review all the material we have of the auditions to piece together our gallant gang of kids.”
Being shot in Dorset this summer it aims to use only local talent in its entire production – from local writers to local crew, cast, suppliers and equipment.And it’s being filmed in the seaside holiday park that appeared in the BAFTA winning Broadchurch TV series.
Nigel Cole (director ‘Made in Dagenham’, ‘Calendar Girls’) is the film’s advisor after he saw it mentioned on Twitter and loved the idea.He said, “The characters jump off of the page and the dialogue is great.
We need more films for children like this.”
Find out more at www.nelsonnutmeg.com