World’s first ‘selfie’ film to premiere in St Leonards

Downton Abbey's Spratt (Jeremy Swift) stars in Starvecrow
Downton Abbey's Spratt (Jeremy Swift) stars in Starvecrow

St Leonards is set to host the premiere of the world’s first ‘selfie’ film made by producers from Rye.

Starvecrow features actors from Downton Abbey and The Da Vinci Code and was shot almost entirely on mobile phones.

Ben Willens and Ashlie Walker in Starvecrow

Ben Willens and Ashlie Walker in Starvecrow

The film will be revealed at the Kino Teatr cinema on Friday, January 22, before full cinema release on Monday, January 25.

University of Brighton Hastings campus students have been helping to finish the film.

Director James Carver, from Wild Boar Productions, said the team are excited to be a part of the area’s ‘rapidly developing’ cultural scene.

“Starvecrow is locally grown,” he said.

Skye Lourie (Pillars of the Earth) in Starvecrow

Skye Lourie (Pillars of the Earth) in Starvecrow

“Hastings is already acknowledged as the home of TV and now Hastings is the home of the world’s first selfie movie.

“Without the help of media students from the university we wouldn’t have been able to make this film.

“Our production office is in Rye and we are excited to be part of the local creative scene that’s rapidly developing.”

Filmed across two years in locations ranging from Venice Beach, California; Barcelona and Rome to the depths of Norway and some very dark woods near Hastings, Starvecrow is part of a new genre known as Hypereal.

Kelly Hotten in Starvecrow

Kelly Hotten in Starvecrow

Hypereal films are improvised throughout, filmed on location and shot on mobile phones by the actors themselves.

Downton Abbey’s Spratt (Jeremy Swift) stars alongside The Da Vinci Code’s David Bark-Jones and Skye Lourie from Pillars of the Earth.

The film’s producers worked closely with media students from the University of Brighton’s Hastings campus to cut nearly 70 hours of footage down to the final 85 minute edit.

Former professor of transmedia at the University of Brighton Sarah Atkinson encouraged her students to work on this film and use the university’s post-production facilities.

The students spent six weeks using the university’s cutting-edge editing facilities at the campus to edit the movie.

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