Hollywood actor to star in Budleigh movie

PUBLISHED: 06:30 17 September 2016

Budleigh film-maker Nick Eriksson

Budleigh film-maker Nick Eriksson

ISAAC PERAL VILLAVERDE

A Hollywood actor best known for his roles in Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings will be coming to Budleigh to begin filming on his latest project.

John Rhys-Davies will arrive in the town on Sunday to start filming on Ellston Bay, a short film directed by Budleigh film maker Nick Erikkson.

Nick’s directing debut will be shot primarily on the east side of Budleigh beach and an undisclosed house will also be used for filming.

Television star Steven Elder, known for appearances in Lost and Silent Witness, will also be in the short film.

Nick, 28, of Frewins, said: “I am very much looking forward to working with John Rhys Davies. To have an actor of John’s calibre is exciting.

“For him to respond to the project and idea of the film is a massive vote of confidence in the project.

“I am particularly looking forward to seeing what he can bring.”

Some members of the cast will be staying at the Long Range Hotel, in Vales Road, while others involved in the film will be staying at Syon House Hotel, in East Budleigh.

The West End Beach Kiosk, where Nick used to work, has offered to provide food and drink during shooting.

The Longboat Café, McMillans Delicatessen, Slice of Lime, Taj Mahal restaurant and the Feathers Hotel will also be providing food for crew and cast.

Nick, who lives in Frewins, is hoping to get a screening at the Public Hall in Budleigh to give residents a chance to see the town in a ‘different light’.

It is hoped the film, which is being shot using techniques used by Alfred Hitchcock, will then be shown at Exeter Picturehouse.

From there Nick is optimistic the film will be screened in Hollywood which will allow it to be entered into the short film category of the Academy Awards.

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