Carl Hunter, Edge Hill University’s Senior Lecturer in Media Film and Television, will direct Hurricane Films’ Triple Word Score, a new feature film starring Bill Nighy and scripted by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Hilary and Jackie, 24 Hour Party People).
The supernatural comedy-drama follows the story of a father (Nighy) searching for his missing son, with whom he shared a passion for the board game Scrabble. The film is a journey of mystery, self-discovery and hope.
Carl Hunter said he is thrilled that his stint behind the camera will further highlight the filmmaking abilities of the North West and offer students the opportunity to be involved in the process
“There is no doubt the reputation of the North West’s unique scenery and filmmaking skills is growing at a national and international level.
“Peaky Blinders, Captain America, and Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them are among many big-budget productions that have utilised North West locations and industry professionals in recent years.
“With this is mind, prior to meeting Bill I put together a portfolio of photographs I’d taken of the region’s coastal areas in order to convey its distinctive charm, and show him a vision for the film.
“As he looked through the images, Bill reminisced about his early years at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and how he developed a close friendship with Liverpool Art School band Deaf School. He also has fond memories of Liverpool’s coast.
“Music. Photography. Coast. Three things we both share a huge interest in,” he said.
Carl also went on to discuss the significance of the production to Edge Hill University’s film students, and the continued collaboration with Clare Heney and Frank Cottrell Boyce.
“By working on this film in partnership with my colleague and fellow film maker Clare Heney, we’re also hoping to establish a bespoke training program that offers Edge Hill students the unique opportunity to be mentored by and shadow industry professionals throughout the filming,” he said.
Triple Word Score will start shooting this summer in Liverpool and around different locations across West Lancashire.
The film adds to a growing list of releases for Bill Nighy, who has several films on the way including World War II comedy Their Finest Hour And A Half and horror thriller The Limehouse Golem.
Carl Hunter and Clare Heney have collaborated extensively with Frank Cottrell Boyce on various other ventures including an award winning children’s book and an online narrative project. Carl’s short films have been screened at various festivals around the world. He co-wrote and produced the feature film Grow Your Own (also with Frank Cottrell Boyce) for BBC Films and Warp Films, and has directed many documentaries for British television.
Clare has directed music videos, filmed and edited the Channel 4 Documentary series Putting Down Roots, and recently filmed and directed a short film about Clash guitarist Mick Jones.