Student film being shot in Hastings

Kathleen Stevenson (far left) was filming on the seafront on Tuesday and Wednesday
Kathleen Stevenson (far left) was filming on the seafront on Tuesday and Wednesday

A student originally from Hastings has been shooting her final year film across the town this week.

Kathleen Stevenson is making a 20-minute film called Hard Water for her practical filmmaking course at Metropolitan Film School, based at Ealing Studios.

The film is about a troubled young girl who, after discovering her mothers body, runs away in fear of being blamed by her step father.

It is loosely based on Kathleen’s life growing up in the town and she said she relished the chance to film here on Tuesday and Wednesday (August 25 and 26).

“Thanks to Hastings District Council and St Leonards Sailing Club and I can film in familiar locations which hold personal memories and stories to be told for me, such as West Hill which has some of the most breathtaking views the town has to offer,” she said.

“Hastings & St Leonards Sailing Club have also helped me out with a vital part of my film by lending me a mirror dinghy and general help in that part of my film coming together.”

Kathleen went to Helenswood school before studying art and media at Parkwood and moving to London for university.

Kathleen has autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and said it has caused specific challenges as a film maker, including being empathetic and dealing with change.

“It has been a difficult journey for me over the years as I have ASD but thanks to much understanding and love from friends, tutors and family I have been able to fulfil a life-long ambition of writing and directing my own films and being involved in the creative industry,” she said.

She hopes to showcase her project at the Prince Charles Cinema in London and then release it via film festivals, online screenings or small cinemas depending on its success.

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