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Film Producing in Wales

You Just Can’t Stay Seventeen Forever

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’17’ is finished. The short film that I shot back in September 2007 has now been completed, and I’m about to run off a load of DVDs to send out to the cast & crew, along with my thanks for their patience. I’m sure a lot of them had written off the prospects of seeing this film a long time ago.

The online & grade in Mwnci went as smoothly as I could have hoped, unfortunately Jamie couldn’t make it and so I took Matt with me. There were a lot of problems of our own making, ranging from missing footage to incorrect timecode (and everything in between), but Al did a fantastic job with the grade – the film now looks as bleak as its dramatic content. It’s a tough film to watch, but hopefully for the right reasons. There’s kids getting up to some pretty nasty things, it’s no American Graffiti.

There’s obviously things in the film that I would change, but considering we completed it nineteen months after we shot it, I’m very happy with the final result. A lot of the plot is based around happy slapping, and while we’ve lost an element of topicality as these days it’s knife crime that occupies British youth, it’s still a relevant parable on the cycle of violence that asks questions about today’s society.

The picture is of Christopher Conway, the lead in the film, taken by our stills photographer Garfield Richards. Chris did a fantastic job alongside Sean Bridgeman, Erin Richards and other great young actors we met at Atsli Casting. There’s also a strong performance from Gavin & Stacey’s Margaret John, in a role that’s in huge contrast to her recent TV comedy appearances, opposite Cardiff theatre legend Michael Kelligan, both of whom were an absolute pleasure to work with.

Some stills from the film soon. I’m off to copy some DVDs and finish typing in the information into shortfilmdepot.


6 Responses

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  1. Nice one dude, any chance you could roll off a dvd for moi?


    May 5, 2009 at 11:34 am

  2. I’m sure we can sort something out.

    Matthew Redd

    May 5, 2009 at 11:39 am

  3. Can’t wait to see it hun…are we doing a celebrate?!

    Erin richards

    May 5, 2009 at 12:23 pm

  4. Would like to, only problem is Jamie is in London for quite a while with work – I’ll talk to him to see if we can do something though. You’ll have a DVD very soon anyway!

    Matthew Redd

    May 5, 2009 at 12:26 pm

  5. Hi mate, im glad you managed to get it finished it sounds really good cant wait to watch it.


    Chris Conway

    May 24, 2009 at 12:46 pm

  6. Cheers Chris – I’ll get in touch as soon as the DVDs are all ready. Should be within the fortnight if all goes well.

    Matthew Redd

    May 25, 2009 at 9:45 pm

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