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Forget Hollywood - Callywood is here!

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A Halifax filmmaker is set to take the independent movie world by storm with a film shot in Calderdale that will be screened at internationally renowned film festivals.

Director Simon Rawson will be showing a special preview screening of his film The Roman at Hebden Bridge Picture House on Saturday, May 10, from 4.15pm.

The Roman will be given its official premiere at the prestigious Raindance Film Festival in London.

The film is set in Britannia in the final days of the Roman Empire, and tells the story of a wandering Roman soldier who meets up with a traveller - they don’t speak the same language, but manage to communicate and travel together through the wilderness.

“The Roman is a very personal film to me about the loss of human connection,” said the 34-year-old filmmaker.

“Even today with social networking sites we have instant access to the entire world, but yet we ignore one another even more so than ever before.”

The film was funded by Simon who spent two years saving money for the production and many of the film’s scenes were shot in Calderdale, including at Copley Woods and Cragg Vale.

It was shot using high definition cameras in surround sound, and is made to look like a film shot during the 1950s which gives it a timeless look.

“I pulled out all the stops on this I asked everyone I knew for help and support to try show the world my idea of the most perfect film - a film made with love and attention to detail in every possible way.”

Read our feature on The Roman in this week’s My Week.

 

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