Local kids' film premieres at Film Festival - (Photo)

Contributed by editor on Feb 05, 2009 - 12:00 AM

By Karol Steele

Local youngsters, Ben Steele
and Saskia Wadsworth-Smith completed filming on the short film
'Playground' this week - including the tense final scene which ends
with the brutal murder of one of the policemen.

Shooting the final scene

The film, shot in Faversham, is the work of the Christchurch
University Student Film Unit, and will be shown at festivals across
the county, including, it is hoped, the Dover Film Festival on 17
and 18 February.

And there was a surprise for Ben's parents, Karol and Andy Steele,
who were on set watching the filming, when they were drafted in as
extras for the final scene - unfortunately (or maybe fortunately)
they were wearing animal masks, so will not be seen in the final

Ben and Saskia, along with the other members of the Marlowe Youth
Theatre who took part in the filming, Mollie King (from Herne Bay),
Natalie Read (from Aylesham) and Alice Thompson (from Adisham), have
been invited to attend the Christchurch College Film Festival on 26
February to view the finished result.

The five youngsters have also been promised DVDs of the film as well
as copies of the scripts to keep as souvenirs of their time on the