(Photo taken by Kenneth James)
Lead Belly started shooting on the 9th October 2019 and continued until the 12th October 2019 in and around the streets of Manchester and Liverpool
‘Lead Belly’ is a short drama focusing on themes surrounding homelessness and our armed forces. It’s a character driven story that’s inspired by actual events. The film has hard hitting themes to be drawn upon including loss, PTSD and mental health issues in our veterans.
Working closely with the charities Soldiers off the Street, Combat Stress and Broughton House the film hopes to raise much awareness of the cause and the charities as well as the teams aim is to help raise much needed funds for all three charities to help with their plight.
(Photo Of Natalie Kennedy)
Written by Ian Armer and Amanda Webster, the film is being directed by the ‘British Soap’ award winning director Sean Glynn (Hollyoaks) and , produced by the BIFA award winning producer Rebecca- Clare Evans and Jamie Lomas. Lyndon Baldock from Templeheart films is Exec Producing with Natasha Markou of London Production Studios.
In front of the camera are Soap stars Jamie Lomas (Warren Fox from Hollyoaks) and Sammy Winward (Katie Sugden from Emmerdale) play the lead roles with cameos from Emmerdale’s Anthony Quinlan and from Hollyoaks Jakob Roberts along with an array of other talented cast members, inclusive of Polly Lomas, Kym Marsh and Jamie Lomas’s daughter. Each and every person who is working on the production feels very strongly about helping the charities who are involved.
Director Sean Glynn released this ‘statement’
“This is a story that’s vital we tell. When I learned the statistics of how many veterans are
living in the streets, dealing with mental health issues I was compelled to be a part of raising awareness for this cause.
A good friend and work colleague of mine, Jamie Lomas, asked me to be a part of this project and I jumped at the chance to help give this story a voice and vision. It’s a beautiful script written by Ian Armer and Amanda Webster that is both visceral and poetic. Rebecca
Clare-Evans, our producer, along with Jamie, has a passion and determination that is inspiring and I’m proud to be a part of it.
The central character of ‘Mark’ is an everyday guy who had a stable background and relationship with ‘Emma’ but due to an experience in Afghanistan his life changed completely. This is based on a true and heartbreaking story that sadly is very common with our veterans.
Since being involved in this project, I’ve been on the streets and spent time meeting many guys just like ‘Mark’. Listening to their stories and how circumstances or events whilst serving in the forces have impacted their long-term health and ability to live a fulfilling life
has been sobering for me.
There are some fantastic charities such as Broughton House in Manchester and A,F & V
Launchpad In Liverpool who work tirelessly to provide support, shelter and hope and I along with the rest of our production team, cast and crew are passionate about doing everything we can to help them.
Please watch our movie when it’s released and in the meantime, please take a moment to look at our Indiegogo crowdfunding page at:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lead-belly#/ to learn a bit more about our goals.
(campaign ends in 18 days from today)