A YOUNG film-maker from Northwich is gearing up for a national prize.
Nick Gillespie, a Salford University graduate from Anderton, won the Royal Television Society North West student title last week for his horror flick, The Park.
The 25-year-old based the grisly tale on the long-standing ghost stories surrounding Marbury Park, where the film was shot.
One of the leading ladies was eight-year-old Ellie Bury, a Hartford Manor Primary pupil. Another was Nick’s mum, Barbara Routti.
Nick said: “Ellie was fantastic. She’s not a trained actress but she learned her lines well and was brilliant.”
On casting his mum, he added: “We didn’t have much money so it was a case of using whoever was there and my mum drew the short straw.
“Everyone involved with the film worked really hard and I suppose it’s a bit of a cliché, but I really wasn’t expecting to win.”
The win, which came in the undergraduate category, sees him shortlisted for next May’s national awards in London.
In the meantime he is working on two local projects. He said: “I’ve done a recce in Frodsham for a film based in the caves on Frodsham hill and I’m looking at the old college which I’ve been told was a TB sanatorium during World War One.”
Nick has also been freelancing as a camera operator and has worked for Steve Coogan’s production company Baby Cow.
Salford tutor Paul Barron, who entered Nick’s film for the award, said: “I had a gut feeling it would make a good impression.”
View a trailer for his film on www.cockleproductions.com