19th July 2002




Budding film-makers at the University of Lincoln are following in the footsteps of world-class directors such as David Lynch and George Lucas by using digital video technology.


Producer Philip Arkinstall (22), writer and co-director David Smith (21), writer and co-director Matthew Taylor (24) and cinematographer Andrew Ellis (22) have written and produced a short 1940s-style mystery thriller.


“Using digital video technology offers similar results to film,” said Philip. “It offers greater opportunities for filming in remote locations, is much cheaper and is ideal for making low budget films.


“Our film The Montpellier Exchange is a short, intricate, old-fashioned comedy thriller along the lines of The Big Sleep.


“A downtrodden clerk becomes entangled in a web of deceit when he is asked to deliver a briefcase to a wealthy client.


“Our company Firework Films shot the film at various locations around Lincolnshire including Skegness beach in mid-winter which is the location for the opening scene.”


The film has been entered for a number of regional and national awards including the Edinburgh Film Festival, the Leeds Film Festival, Brief Encounters in Bristol and the Royal Television Society Student Awards.


David, Philip, Matt and Andy will be graduating at Lincoln Cathedral on Friday 26th July at 11.30am having received a 1st and 2:1s respectively.


If you would like more information about the film or other Firework Films productions take a look at www.fireworksfilms.co.uk.




For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk


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