Felixstowe film to be turned into novel

A FEATURE film made entirely in Felixstowe is being turned into a novel by one of its scriptwriters.The Lost Sock obtained cult status on the internet - attracting more than 200,000 viewings of its episodes.

A FEATURE film made entirely in Felixstowe is being turned into a novel by one of its scriptwriters.

The Lost Sock obtained cult status on the internet - attracting more than 200,000 viewings of its episodes.

It was then turned into a film, which was given its world premiere at the Spa Pavilion and has since been selling well as a DVD.

Now writer Richard Bradshaw, one of the team from Felixstowe Scribblers who came up with the zany idea for the film, is hoping it will also be a success in bookshops, too.

“We often have films made of books but I thought it would be quite a challenge to make a book of the film,” said Mr Bradshaw.

“I have felt all the way along that it might be possible to turn it into a novel.

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“I am going to use most of the dialogue from the scripts and will pad it out with other material to fill in the gaps which people would have seen on film and also to expand the story quite a bit.

“It starts off in space with the aliens landing on earth in the Felixstowe area and then there are scenes at Cambridge before it returns to Felixstowe roughly where the film started - hopefully I can inject quite a bit of mystery into it.”

All the members of the cast and crew for The Lost Sock came from Felixstowe and all the scenes were filmed in the town, including at Landguard Fort, town centre shops and on the seafront. Editing was done at the resort, and music was written by composer David Jennings, of Walton.

It was originally filmed as a ten-part mini-series of five-minute episodes screened on the internet each week.

Personalities who took part included Radio Suffolk presenter Rachel Sloane, councillor and former mayor Doreen Savage and The Evening Star's Felixstowe editor Richard Cornwell, while the town's police and an ambulance crew also had roles.

It was directed by Chris Gosling who said the idea was to create “a real community project”. He was stunned when people all over the world started watching and the host web site - Felixstowe TV - was bombarded with emails asking when each episode was due to be aired.

Mr Gosling is hoping to do a second film project in Felixstowe, possibly a serious drama,

Were you involved in The Lost Sock - what do you think of the idea of it being turned into a book? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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