12th November 1999
KRAY TWINS ARE INSPIRATION FOR HULL FILM-MAKERS
Two graduates of the Hull School of Art and Design will soon have the chance to see how their film compares with a major feature.
Chris Wall and Chris Farrer worked with Hull playwright Gill Adams to make a short film adaptation of her play ‘Jump to Cow Heaven’, as part of their degree in TV and Film Design at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.
The play, based on an incident in the careers of the notorious 1960s gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray twins, is now to be made into a feature film by Gary Kemp, the former Spandau Ballet guitarist who played one of the twins in the movie ‘The Krays’.
“The film was made as a test piece designed to interest potential film producers in a project,” said course tutor Nick Beaumont. “We know that Gary Kemp saw it, although we don’t know if it finally persuaded him. It will be interesting to see how it influences the style of the feature.”
As well as being a successful playwright, Gill Adams worked for several years as a part-time lecturer at the university. ‘Jump to Cow Heaven’ won two major awards, including one for best new play, when it was first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
It describes how the Krays arranged for Frankie Miller - ‘The Mad Axeman’ - to be sprung from Dartmoor to show how powerful they were. The action revolves around Miller, his minder and a prostitute whom the Krays provided for Miller.
The two students are riding on the crest of a wave after picking up a prize for their film ‘As A Child’ at the Royal Television Society Student Video Awards (Yorkshire region) in Wakefield last week.
The pair received their award for best non-factual film from BBC North presenters Clare Frisby and Harry Gration and will now go forward to the national finals at BAFTA headquarters in January.
For more information contact:
Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager
University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)