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Film-makers from Westward Ho! set to make their mark at Cannes Film Festival

By NDJFayeG  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

Indian summer film poster: Toby Lomas and Henriette Fuller are hoping to make a mark at Cannes Film Festival with their film Indian Summer.

Toby Lomas and Henriette Fuller are hoping to make a mark at Cannes Film Festival with their film Indian Summer.

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AN ambitious duo are hoping their film set across the North Devon coast will make a mark at Cannes Film Festival next month.

Toby Lomas, from Westward Ho! and Henriette Fuller, who calls Devon her adopted home, shot their film Indian Summer in June last year.

The film has the tagline “a politically incorrect love story” and follows the journey of Jonny, played by 10-year-old Elijah Bodinetz from Kingsley School who befriends an Indian girl.

With underlying themes of blossoming romance, self-discovery, racism and political correctness it pokes fun at all four along the way.

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The young actor playing Jonny is a “natural” according to Henriette. She said: “Everyone that has seen the film has said what a natural he is, he was fantastic.”

The pair are screening the film at Bideford College on Saturday night (May 10) to some of the cast, crew and others involved in the making of the film.

“We had a screening in Notting Hill before but this premiere is all about getting the local people who were involved in the project along.

“We filmed in Abbotsham Village Hall and various other places across the coast of North Devon.

“In the village hall scene there were a lot of children involved as extras and we also had a local farmer help us out with filming – it was a real local effort,” said producer Henriette.

The director Toby, 27, and Henriette, met while at university in London and have both been working in the film industry for several years. This will be their third film together.

Most recently Henriette worked on the film ‘Everest’ staring Jake Gyllenhaal.

The 28-year-old said: “That was a pretty amazing experience, I didn’t have a day off for six weeks but I got to travel Nepal so you can’t really complain.”

The aspiring team has entered the film into various festivals and it will be screened at Cannes Short Film Corner this year.

The hopes are to secure funding for further projects so the pair can make their mark on the film industry.

Henriette added: “We really want to showcase the talent of these young actors as well as wanting to make a name for ourselves in the future.”

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