Local boy taking film into the future

on 15 February 2017.

Drew Casson main 01

Hungerford's very own auteur, Drew Casson, has been making waves in the world of film ever since he started messing around with a camera and posting films on YouTube at the age of twelve. Now 22, Drew has a CV which would make an artist twice his age green with envy; actor, director, producer and special effects master, there is little he hasn't turned his hand to in his brief career.

The former John O' Gaunt pupil recently directed the cult smash Darkest Dawn, a post-apocalyptic odyssey of two sisters trying to escape London via the Thames and negotiating the badlands of a Britain under alien occupation.

TheDarkestDawn main 01

Made in collaboration with Wildseed Movies and Pinewood Studios, Darkest Dawn is the follow-up to Hungerford, a coming of age story which follows the well-trod narrative path of kids deciding they need to break out of their small town to find themselves.

What could go wrong in a small, safe little town like Hungerford? Hungerford-movieQuite a lot it seems. Filmed right here in the HIgh Street and surrounding roads, it's a Hungerford like you've never seen before, a terrifying and bleak landscape fraught with rampaging alien invaders. Darkest Dawn develops this theme on a broader scale in collaboration with the industry professionals who helped bring Casson's vision to fruition. This yearning to create worlds of his own making is inspired by directors such as Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit) and Robert Rodriguez (Full Tilt Boogie and the Dust till Dawn series of films). Rodriguez in particular helped Drew believe that he didn't need a vast budget to make a good movies.

Drew's story is a thoroughly modern tale of how the internet is helping young artists launch careers by taking their work to a global audience instead of having to sit around waiting for their break into the 'industry.' Casson has shown that the landscape and 'industry' of film making is shifting and he is right up there, leading the way. Drew is the future of film.

Both Darkest Dawn and Hungerford are available on iTunes and Amazon streaming. Go to youTube for trailers and snippets.

 

Come together
Townsite has spent the six weeks since the start of 2017 canvassing members of the business community in Hungerford for their views on the state of our town. I

Benyon helps to banish the blues
Always a staunch and vocal advocate for mental health provision, West Berkshire's MP Richard Benyon recently attended the launch of Brighter Berkshire, a community-led initiative to make 2017 the Year of Mental Health in Berkshire.

Your Library is about so much more than books
Judging from the amount of community activity going in Hungerford Library, the council are going to have a hard time justifying its closure in their next round of swingeing cuts.

Why live in Hungerford?
Those of us who live here don't have to think twice, we love it and, you've had a job to persuade us to go elsewhere.

Is now a good time to sell my house?
It's the 64 million dollar question and one which solicits a variety of answers depending on the source, but there is broad consensus around a few key facts

Amazing travel deals - Hot or Cold
If you're prepared to get out of the blocks quick, there are some extraordinary travels deals to be had in 2017.

The Resolutions Revolution
Many of us make doomed resolutions for the New Year; we are going to get fit, join a gym or give up smoking and swearing.

Get married for free
With the cost of weddings spiralling and the inevitable battles about who to invite, couples are opting to marry abroad in greater numbers than ever before

A life lived in full colour
Call it time of year or time of life, but we have been feeling a little jaded of late in the Townsite offices.

Beavers on the endangered list
Berkshire Scouts are desperately trying to recruit new leaders for their 1st Hungerford Beaver Colony.

Weekday Rental Property, North End near Newbury
Significantly more affordable, and indeed comfortable, than a hotel or boarding house, this extremely well presented two-bedroom cottage is an ideal opportunity for those who make a weekly commute to the Newbury are

Food glorious day
In photos, Hungerford's 2016 food festival packs out in glorious October sunshine

Townsite Goes to Marlborough
After a year in the planning, Townsite Marlborough has just gone live! The success of the Hungerford Townsite prompted Marlborough residents and businesses to ask us when we could do the same for their gorgeous and quintessentially English market town.

Walks in around Hungerford
Walking in the beautiful areas of outstanding natural beauty in and around Hungerford is a very special experience. Throughout the summer, we will be publishing details of some of the best and favourite walks in the town and its surrounding villages and countryside

Hungerford – A great English destination town
Hungerford has a timeless quality that is essentially very English – it is like an idyllic town created for TV – except, of course it is very real,” says our MP, Richard Benyon

Hungerford – such a beautiful place to live and we love it!
Hungerford is internationally famous for being a beautiful place to visit and, as it sits at the centre of the North Wessex Downs, it is in a beautiful location too. And according to a recent survey of Hungerford residents, we really care about our town and surrounding countryside with 98% of us in favour of keeping the town's traditional character and 99% of us want to protect the Marsh, the Common and all our surrounding countryside.