Sunderland nurse’s movie chosen for London film festival

FILM STILL: Nathaniel Smith and  Ashley Chandler
FILM STILL: Nathaniel Smith and Ashley Chandler
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LIGHTS, camera, traction – a film made by a Sunderland nurse is to have its world premiere.

Rob Burrows juggles being an emergency nurse practitioner at Sunderland Royal Hospital with shooting films around the North East.

His latest piece of cinema, Entwinement, has been chosen for screening at next month’s Portobello Film Festival in London.

He said: “This will be its world premiere and it will be screened in the main event, Pop Up Cinema.

“This is the largest UK film festival and they have an arrangement that some of their films go to Cannes Festival the following year.”

Entwinement, which has opening scenes shot in Bishopwearmouth Cemetery, is a psychological drama that follows the story of Michaela, whose life starts to fall apart when she loses her job.

Flatmate Stephanie has always supported her, but the pair’s fortunes change when they meet two men who run a nightclub.

With the distraction of gangsters, Stephanie’s relationship is soon on the rocks while Michaela’s is working.

As Michaela rebuilds her world, Stephanie’s falls apart, leading to a destructive climax.

It stars local actresses Faye Ormston and Amy Ormston, Nathaniel Smith, Ashley Chandler and Jonathan Leonard, who appeared in Big Brother in 2006.

Rob set up non-profit company Solarus Films in a bid to breathe new life into the North East film industry.

All of the company’s films are self-funded and made by volunteers in the region.

Rob, who writes and directs the films, said: “We have had a great response from test audiences so far and the actresses who appear in the film have gone on to appear in other things.

“That’s why we set up the company: to promote local talent, to promote the local area and to make good films.”

He added: “A lot of people come up to the area to make films, but they don’t always use a local cast and crew.

“We want to break the stigma and show that you can make good films up here with local talent.

“We have had a lot of support such as from Durham Police and Tup Tup Palace nightclub, which is where a lot of Entwinement is filmed.”

l To see a trailer of Entwinement log onto www.sunderlandecho.com.

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