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Sunderland drama students chosen for film roles

Rob Burrows, director, Theodore Divanis, writer/producer, Sunderland College students Kate Hope who plays Young Jennifer and Alex Parkin-Goodchild who plays Young Jake.

Rob Burrows, director, Theodore Divanis, writer/producer, Sunderland College students Kate Hope who plays Young Jennifer and Alex Parkin-Goodchild who plays Young Jake.

DRAMA students from Sunderland College are to star in a film company’s latest movie.

Award-winning Solarus Films, which is based in the North East, has selected students Kate Hope and Alex Parkin-Goodchild from the Wearside college to feature in its latest production.

The pair will play the young versions of main characters, Jennifer and Jake, and another eight students from the college will have parts as extras in the movie.

Solarus Films was set up by director Rob Burrows in 2010 as an outlet for feature film-making in the region.

The company has made three successful films, Dead Frequency, Entwinement and Flowerman, which have scooped a variety of awards, and are now working on the fourth, 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 traumatised 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. 

Sunderland College’s drama lecturer, Gemma Whelam, said: “This is really fantastic news for the students and there is much excitement around college. We are delighted that our students’ 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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