Local boy taking film into the future
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.
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? Quite 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.