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Thursday, February 28, 2008

'Lollipop' Shakabuku Films

No time to rest for Robin, he's been over to Leeds University, managing to fit his students in before his next trip.
So today I am going to mention something completely different, but related to us, as a family.
The other day I did a post on an interview with 'Lancashire magazine' and in it I mentioned son number one getting publicity in his own right. You can read that blog here.

Since then there have been a few people wanting to know what it is that he has done.
Well, I'll put you out of your misery, and save you a lot of time searching, he is something of an actor.
From a very young age he has always been fascinated by anything to do with film or the stage.
At the age of 7, he was given the part in a short film called 'Lollipop'.
This was directed by Scott Mann, of Shakabuku Films, and did very well, being shown at Cannes Film festival back in 2005, and the 'Kinofilm 10th Manchester International Film Festival' in 2006.

Since then he has made another short film, and a number of corporate videos.
Although I have added a link to 'Shakabuku Films' they appear to currently be having a few technical problems, probably due to high levels of hits as 'The Tournament' is attracting huge publicity, so you may have to check back later.

On the strength of his performance in 'Lollipop', he was initially given a role in Scott Mann's feature length film, 'The Tournament', but, unfortunately the part of the child was later removed from the script.
'The Tournament' is going to be incredible, I've seen the trailer and it's very exciting.
It was filmed last summer in Bulgaria, with Ving Rhames, Kelly Hu, Robert Carlyle, Nick Rowntree , Danny John Jules and many others.
It is currently in the post production stage, but if you like action thrillers then I suggest you watch out for it.

As Shakabuku films go from strength to strength, 'Lollipop' has now appeared on YouTube, and we therefore feel able to put it on the blog.
'Lollipop' is a short, intense drama, about a little boy witnessing the death of his older brother, and then helping his father come to terms with this tragic loss. The film is shot through the eyes of, yes, you got it, son number one, our very own Oliver Hill.
This was an incredible experience for all involved, Scott Mann was exceptional as a director, Nick Rowntree an inspiration as Oliver's father, and both have continued to support and advise him since. His mother was played by Marie Hynes, and brother by Jack Eadie.
He caused quite a stir on the set, being dubbed by the crew as, 'Mini De Niro' due to his ability to concentrate, and the depth of emotion he was able to put across on camera.
As you can imagine, this was all quite a shock to us as parents. Oliver had no training, but, we were told, that was what they liked, his natural ability and ease in front of the camera.
In fact the cameraman, who had just completed 'Sixth Sense' at the time, told us he was "exceptional".

So, that's what son number one does. We don't know what the future holds, it is after all a precarious profession. But I feel sure he will be involved in films, one way or another.
For now though, get a box of tissues at the ready, and enjoy, 'Lollipop'.

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