Film graduates impress with twist on classic tale

"I think the belief that lecturers put into you - that you can do anything and go anywhere - is so true."

Charles Rowlands, BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology

A student film shot on a remote island off the dramatic Welsh Coastline is making waves following its premiere.

30-minute World War Two drama Aegean is inspired by Greek myth Theseus and the Minotaur and was filmed at Shell Island near Barmouth.

The story follows title character Aegean as he deals with his son leaving to fight in the war and was directed by Charles Rowlands, 21 from Stourbridge, while studying BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology at Staffordshire University.

Charles worked with course mates Richie Howle and Jack Allen on the production for their final year project.

He explained: “Instead of versus a minotaur it is versus the war and Hitler. Barmouth's Dragon Theatre helped to source clothing, props and actors and we had free access to the island in February to film.

“It was a really, really hard shoot which took a lot of effort and was very stressful but it turned out amazingly.”

Aegean was met with high praise from local reviewers after its premiere at the sold out Dragon Theatre and went on to win Best Film at Staffordshire University's student exhibition GradEX.

The film is being entered into several film festivals and the Royal Television Society awards later this year and Charles hopes this exposure will help kick-start his career in the industry.

He said. “The course over the three years was insane! It was a real confidence builder and was just truly amazing with the best teaching I've come across in my life.

“I'm going to stick with the film industry but also want to go over into acting and do as many things as I can. I think the belief that lecturers put into you - that you can do anything and go anywhere - is so true.”

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