A short film created by a former Aylesbury Grammar School boy, which was partially shot in town and stars actors from top Hollywood productions premiered yesterday (Wednesday).
Mr Invisible is a 14 minute thriller which has its world premiere at the Palm Springs Shortfest. Directed by Greg Ash, 29, who is living back in Aylesbury, it questions modern stereotypes towards the elderly.
He said: “I am very excited. Palm Springs is the biggest short film festival in the world and the winners get automatically considered for the Best Short Film Oscar nomination. Of course, it’s just great to have a platform to share the film with people. But winning an Oscar would also be cool!”
Greg runs his own film and television production company and is currently developing four feature length films and hopes the festival will raise his profile and enable him to get financial backing for future projects.
He already has impressive industry contacts. Mr Invisible stars British screen legend Julian Glover (Star Wars, Indiana Jones and James Bond) and features comedian and actor Omid Djalili (Gladiator and The Mummy), who both came to Aylesbury to film in Tilburys the butchers, Comet, the library, train station and outside the old Odeon site.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s son Nick has written the score; the assistant director is Toby Hefferman (World War Z and Casino Royale) and the cinematographer is Oliver Loncraine (King’s Speech and Les Miserables).
Greg hopes the film will be available online after the festival and may also try to get it screened in Aylesbury.