A film made in the heart of the Bedford community will appear at the up-coming Bedford Film Festival.
Director Richard Jobson’s Wayland’s Song tells the story of a soldier who comes home from Afghanistan to find a dark family mystery.
Starring Sharnbrook-based actor Michael Nardone, the work was filmed in and around Bedford, enlisting the help of local people, businesses and students.
Speaking about the film, which premiered at Cannes this year, Richard said: “I’ve been living here for 25 years and Bedford is a really special place.
“No one ever said no and the council helped out so we could move about quite easily. If you had gone to London or Edinburgh it would have been impossible.”
Richard, who co-founded the festival claims that his days in punk group The Skids have given him a passion for getting things done.
He said: “It’s the same attitude as having a bass and drummer and saying ‘we’ve got something to say let’s say it.’ My years of being in The Skids gave me that attitude and this is exactly the same thing.
“Nothing is going to be given to you on a plate in modern Britain, you’ve got to go out there yourself and make things happen.”
To find out more about Bedford Film Festival visit www.bedfordfilmfestival.org