A young filmmaker stole the limelight last Wednesday when he showcased his first short black comedy piece, which even starred two BBC actors.
Jack Griffiths hosted the first screening of the 20-minute film “Stitched Up” at The Whitty Theatre at Luckley House School, for his cast – which includes Call the Midwife’s Micky Dartford and This is England’s George Newton – crew, friends and family.
A recent Southampton Solent University graduate and a former Bracknell and Wokingham College student, Mr Griffiths said producing the film was the “best experience” of his life and now he “will stop at nothing now in trying to secure a place within the industry”.
Stitched Up was produced as part of the final major project for his film production degree and for which the 21-year-old was awarded the prize for best director.
He decided to pursue such a specific degree after completing a level three creative media course, which he studied for two years while at college.
The film, which Mr Griffiths started writing when he was 15, won best editor and the audience award, along with several other nominations.
Mr Newton said: “Despite Jack’s inexperience, he was unbelievably impressed with his professionalism and work ethic.”
The film was entered into the British Film Institute and UK film festivals.
Mr Griffiths has shown promise from a young age. As a pupil at Wokingham’s Emmbrook School, he won a competition held by Smoke-free Life Berkshire, which aimed to discourage youths from smoking.
The film centres around two best friends, Dan and Carter, who find themselves in £25,000 debt to a suburban gang. Trying to escape the debt, the two boys cause absolute mayhem.
The film is expected to be available for public viewing online shortly.