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Film company chooses local drama students to star in movie

AWARD-winning film company, Solarus Films who are based in the North East, has selected drama students from Sunderland College to feature in its latest production.

Solarus Films was set up in 2010 as an outlet for feature film-making in the North East of England by writer and director Rob Burrows.  The company has made three successful films which have scooped a variety of awards; Dead Frequency, Entwinement and Flowerman and are currently working on its fourth film, Temporal.

Producer Theodore Divanis said: “We were kindly allowed to hold our auditions at the college which enabled the students to get involved.  A few students came to audition and we were actually blown away by them and re-wrote the script to give them bigger roles.

“More students were able to get involved in the filming as we needed extras and every single one of the students were fantastic, very professional and a pleasure to work with.  The students are keeping in touch on our Facebook page and we’ll definitely be working with some of them again as they are rising stars!”

In keeping with the Solarus Films genre, the psychological thriller, which includes some location filming at Sunderland College, features character Jake who is traumatized by the death of his girlfriend, uncontrollably wakes up in different lives as different people, slowly losing his mind as he desperately searches for the answers that will set him free.

Drama lecturer Gemma Whelam, commented: “This is really fantastic news for the students and there is much excitement around college.  We are delighted that our student’s skill and talent has been recognised by such a high profile film company and hope that this is the beginning of a very fruitful career for the students involved.”


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