Derby Graduates Capture Producer's Attention At Cannes

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Date posted: 14 May 2013

A zombie movie produced by University of Derby graduates has received over 20 distribution deals from leading film producers, and is set to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.

Tom Wadlow, owner of Derby based Lightfilms and Director of Wasteland, along with Chris Newman, a Film Production Assistant who also worked on the movie; (both graduates of Derby's BA (Hons) Film and Video Studies degree) will soon be heading to the south of France to firm up offers.

Wasteland, which is filmed throughout Derbyshire and features famous landmarks and scenes in Melbourne, Bakewell, the city centre and Chellaston, is based around a man's struggle to survive following an apocalypse that has swept through the UK. It explores the extent to which a man will go to just to survive.

Tom, who has also studied at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, said: "The film is currently receiving some very special treatment from our special-effects expert, Joe Parcell, based in Michigan. Joe studied with me at Universal and is one of the best we have ever worked with."

Chris Newman added: "This was my first-ever opportunity at producing a feature film. We have not only shot the one-hour, 45-minute film but also a lot of behind-the-scenes videos which are available on our YouTube channel.

"After leaving University, I could have only dreamt of bagging a job like this, making films every day for a living."

Lightfilms is hoping Wasteland will surpass the success of the company's previous film, Shelf Stackers, which was previewed at Cannes last summer. This led to meetings with a number of top directors, producers and distributors.

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