Budding directors shoot feature film

A scene from Echoes, a feature film produced in Leigh
A scene from Echoes, a feature film produced in Leigh

COULD Leigh be Britain’s next film-making hot spot?

A trio of self-taught local directors are determined to put the town on the cinematic map after producing a full-length feature film shot in Leigh, Atherton, Wigan and local parks and libraries.

Craig Kendrick, Ivan Meredith and David Wilson created supernatural thriller Echoes despite having never shot even a short film before and with no formal training in media.

The three budding directors worked through four years of intensive planning, filming and post-production while juggling full-time jobs, with the cast being drawn from local amateur theatre societies.

Their hard work has now paid off, and Echoes will receive a premiere - already sold out - at Leigh’s Cineworld in January.

Craig, 43, from Howe Bridge, said: “We came up with the idea for Echoes in the form of a short story, but since then it has really progressed and evolved into something really different.”

Echoes tells the story of Dave Hidie, a troubled man seeking peace of mind after suffering a family bereavement, only to fall prey to increasingly strange feelings that he is receiving echoes from somewhere beyond his mundane reality.

Astley actor Ian Taylor, who plays Dave, said: “I spend a lot of time wandering around scowling at people and looking a bit disturbed.”

Craig, Ivan and David now hope to take their film to festivals to build up interest in their project, though they have found the world of promoting something of an eye-opener.