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PUBLISHED: 03:26 02 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

TWO young film makers are planning to hold a premiere of their work in their home village of Capel St Mary in the New Year.

Former East Bergholt High School students Darius Laws and Nick Woolgar, both 19, grew up in the village and have already made three films in Capel, all of them fiction using local residents.

TWO young film makers are planning to hold a premiere of their work in their home village of Capel St Mary in the New Year.

Former East Bergholt High School students Darius Laws and Nick Woolgar, both 19, grew up in the village and have already made three films in Capel, all of them fiction using local residents.

They are also working on a longer-term documentary project on issues concerning young people, for which they have already recorded interviews with television personality Tony Robinson and with the leader of the National Union of Students.

Much of their latest 16-minute film, Resurrection, was also filmed in the village and focuses on the strained relationship between Tommy C (Thomas Whitman) and Gita (Elizabeth Proctor).

The pair play a young couple who are being torn apart by a menace that threatens their very existence and is set against the backdrop of a dangerous criminal underworld.

Darius, who is studying for a BA in media production at Lincoln University, said the premiere will be held on January 3 in the Vine Lounge, Capel St Mary.

The programme will include Resurrection, two previous short films made by Darius and Nick Woolgar, who is studying for a degree in film and television at Westminster University, and hopefully a couple of films made by media studies students at Colchester Sixth Form College.

Darius said: "Resurrection represents a serious advance in the quality of our work."

Nick added: "You never stop learning in the process of film making, but we have come such a long way, both technically and creatively in the relatively short time we have been making films."

Resurrection has already attracted some attention from the professionals and the producers of Channel 4's "Adam and Joe Takeover TV" have asked for a preview copy.

Darius and Nick are now waiting anxiously to hear, hopefully in December, whether their film will be used in the show.

Meanwhile, the pair, known as Capel Productions, have also been retained to shoot a 10-minute promotional video for the Government's Sure Start agency in South East Ipswich, which they describe as a "massive project".

The Sure Start scheme will celebrate its first anniversary in the spring and the video has to be completed by January 31.

They have also met comedian Dom Jolly and the Trigger Happy TV crew to assist in their latest work due to be shown on Channel 4 at Christmas.

Now they are looking for corporate sponsors in a bid to improve the quality of future productions they have in the pipeline.


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