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Local Worcestershire Film Crew have just wrapped on their first feature film ARTICHOKE shot in Worcester

Local film producers are currently in Post Production on a new English/Italian crime thriller shot right here in Midlands. The feature film ARTICHOKE will feature Midlands cast Jetinder Summan (Holby City, Doctors), Greg Hobbs (Doctors, Who’s There), Sophie Canare ( Who’s There,Homeland) , Italian, Francesco Tribuzio ( Age of Kill, The Taxi) and Worcester’s own Hollywood connection Vincenzo Nicoli (Alien 3, The Dark Knight)

ARTICHOKE is one of the latest film projects from Kidderminster Director Fernando Antonio Maffei (The Taxi, Who’s There) and Worcester based Producer/Editor Lawrence Donello (Trance, Tomorrow) at TestaRossa Productions. Fernando and Lawrence teamed up back in 2014 when Lawrence caught wind of Fernando talking on twitter with Director Noel Clarke. Together they have produced and worked on several short films including The Taxi, Who’s There and Homeland shot in Worcester.

ARTICHOKE was fully financed privately on a micro budget and enlisted crew from all over the Midlands and UK. Most notably DOP Lisa Muzzulini (Grand Gesture) from Brighton who spends her time between UK, NY and Berlin, Kidderminster based 1st AC Tim Warner who studied at Westminster Uni and trained on the TV show Doc Martin and Worcester’s amazing Make-up Artist Charlotte Pingriff (PrettyScary Youtube channel) creating bleeding statues, bruised faces and assisting with the special effects at Bolero Bar & Kitchen, Worcester, along side Max Van De Banks of Severn Films (Never Let Go, Blood Lust) . It is one of the main aims of Writer/Producer Lawrence Donello and Director/Producer Fernando Maffei to help generate the opportunities for local film technicians and artists to get work in the industry by making high end features locally paving the way for them to work on bigger budgeted features such as those shot recently in Midlands including Spielberg’s Ready Player One and Michael Keaton’s American Assassin currently filming in Birmingham and with talk of a film studio being built by Writer/Director/Producer Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Taboo) the opportunities can only increase.

The producers also understand how films and TV shows can bring in much needed revenue to the local economy and will help promote the region as a film friendly destination and continue to bring in more films when possible. The producers of ARTICHOKE will now look to get the film edited and selected to world wide film festivals and ultimately look to get the film distributed. Following in the footsteps of fellow local film director Simon Tate (Point of Regret, Weapon)

Producer Lawrence Donello will continue to work together with Fernando on his next film LUCIO and is finishing the script for his 2nd Feature film BARGAIN which he has been working on for several years and would like to shoot in Worcester.

He is currently looking for film investors and is offering product placement opportunities to regional business for both films.


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