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Film set on location in the Lake District to headline major international festival

A FILM set on location in the Lake District is to headline at a major international festival in Africa.

Father and son team Robert and Connor O’Hara, of Queen Street, Ulverston, filmed The Raven on the Jetty last year.

After success in the UK, now it has been chosen as the opening film at the event in Accra, Ghana, next month.

Playing the lead in the film is home-schooled 11-year-old Connor, with his father stepping in as his on-screen dad. The film tells the story of a boy living with his mother after a nasty divorce.

When visiting his father, who lives on a rural farm in the Lakes, he is transported to a very different way of life.

It was made by One Day Films Limited whose director, Erik Knudsen, told an audience at the Printworks that the Cumbrian people had been immensely friendly to work among. Local audiences will have their first chance to see the film on March 2 at the Keswick Film Festival.

Members of the cast – including the specially trained raven – will be in attendance.

They had the opportunity to see the film themselves last year in a private cast screening. Connor has taken part in a number of community theatre productions since his first performance as Tiny Tim at the age of six.

He also sings and plays the trumpet and has, over the past four years, played in the South Cumbria Musical Festival where he has won awards for acting, singing and playing the piano.

Mr O’Hara, 58, has been involved in community theatre for more than 40 years. A former secondary school maths teacher, Mr O’Hara now runs Natterjacks cafe in Ulverston.

He said: “Only heard about Africa a couple of days ago. It’s really fantastic. I’m looking forward to seeing again in Kendal as well.

“When I saw it the first time when it was shown to those involved I enjoyed seeing Connor more than myself. He looked in the right place, and had a real presence on screen.”

Playing the boy’s mother in the film was Helen Teasdale. She moved to Carlisle and worked as part of the show team at Centre Parcs in Penrith.

This was followed by leading roles with the Carlisle Musical Society, including The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady and Me & My Girl.

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