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Thursday, September 20, 2012
After leaving his high-powered job for the sake of his health, the future could have looked bleak for Trevor Clarke.
However, rather than wallowing in his new-found unemployment, the 51-year-old decided to plough £50,000 of his severance money into the making of a 90-minute film. Now, with the possibility of glittering success on the horizon, he has no regrets.
“I’m really excited about the film. You’re given this life once and sometimes you have to do something that you’re going to leave behind.”
Having written songs for most of his life, Trevor, of Windmill Hill, Gravesend, was always keen to leave a musical legacy. However, after catching up with good friend and film producer, Paul Dewdney, the father-of-four decided to switch his creative focus.
“Paul was really excited about it all. I was taken in by his passion and decided to get involved.”
Entitled Consequence, the film was written by director Si Wall and is about a young girl, played by Katie Richmond, who is given the chance to live one day in her life without any consequences.
Though the actress is a relative unknown, the audience will certainly recognise many of the Gravesend locations with the Prom, the Millers Cottage pub in Shrubbery Road and Bridal Wardrobe in High Street all making an appearance.
“I approached a number of locations and all were very happy to take part. A lot of the businesses had helped me out in the past. I bought my wedding outfits from Bridal Wardrobe and so it was my way of giving something back. The generosity of people was fantastic,” said Trevor.
As well as funding the whole project, Trevor took an active role in the making of Consequence, appearing on set each day to assist with lighting, cameras and catering.
“It was a way of cutting costs. The film is not Batman Returns, it’s not going to be a blockbuster. It’s low budget and it’s difficult to make it look anything else. But the production value is unbelievable. The film really does contain some quality scenes.”
After spending 12 days shooting the film across March and April, the team then spent six hours in post-production, selecting the best scenes and knitting it all together.
Trevor said: “The most challenging part was getting the film completed in time. We had 12 days to do so and I would sometimes work 20- hour days. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
He is certainly not complaining as he believes that success is a product of hard work.
During last week’s premiere at the Genesis cinema in Mile End, east London, not only did the film capture the attention of small distributors, but industry giant 20th Century Fox also expressed an interest.
“The premiere was fantastic. We had about 400 people turn up so it went really well.”
Though he harbours plans to make films in the future, Trevor is currently concerned with expanding the profile of Consequence.
“I’m in talks with distributors and there are people wanting to talk to us about DVD deals.
“We want the film to hit many other cinemas and are confident we can get it out there.”