Colin Baker, the sixth Doctor Who, plays the lead in Hive Films short film ‘Finding Richard’ which is being premiered at Cannes 2014.
The film follows a young boy, Gull, who on hearing that the bones of Richard the Third have been found begins his own archaeological quest. Helping him on this journey is his Grandad, himself a dreamer who see something of himself in Gull. But what Gull finds isn’t quite what he – or his Grandad – expected.
Joining I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here alumni Colin Baker is local actor David Knight, 12. David, who plays Gull, has appeared in Doctors and Britain’s Got Talent and attends local drama school The Pauline Quirk Academy.
The short film, shot on location in Leicestershire, is co-written and directed by Rhys Davies of Hive Films whose feature film ‘How To Make A Movie For 43 Pounds’ recently premiered at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival. Doug Cubin of Sawscale Films co-writes and produces.
Speaking from Los Angeles Colin Baker said “I am excited about ‘Finding Richard’. I receive many scripts and am rarely able to participate unfortunately. However – I’ll make no bones about it (!) when I read ‘Finding Richard’ I knew that I had to try and find time to play Grandad. It’s a an impressive, gentle and sensitive script, so I managed to squeeze the time between trips to the USA and New Zealand.”
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Director Rhys Davies said: “The film is an homage to dreamers everywhere. Stay true to yourself, follow your own path and you will succeed. To work with a legend such as Colin Baker was fantastic, and together with rising star David Knight I believe they have made the film a special prospect.”
Producer Doug Cubin said: “This film being destined for Cannes and having such a great cast means we will do everything possible to create a wonderful experience for the audience.”
Sarah Levitt, Head of Arts and Museams at Leicester City Council said ” We were delighted to hear that Hive Films’ entry to the Cannes Short Film Festival is inspired by the amazing discovery of King Richard III’s remains in Leicester. The use of the time of this discovery as a backdrop for the storyline will make this film very special and we wish it every success”