A FILM director is set to bring a touch of Hollywood to Blackpool.
And by filming on the Fylde coast, Ed Greenberg is hoping his psychological thriller will inspire youngsters hoping to make it in the entertainment industry.
The former Arnold High School student turned actor and director is planning to start filming Renata Road – which follows a man who goes to the coast to relax but gets caught up in the lives of guests in the hotel he’s staying in – from June.
He said: “There have been small or student films in the North West but as far as we’re aware this is the first professional project with a crew only from this area.”
When Ed, 32, left school hoping to pursue a career in the arts he found there was a lack of opportunities for youngsters.
Now he is hoping to create chances for budding film directors, actors, runners and sound engineers to play a part in the production by Beyond The Bar, a company Ed has set up with Colin Snell from the Grand Theatre Youth Company.
They need to raise £50,000 to make the film and are calling for “generous donations from the great British, cinema loving, public” to help.
There are even “walk on roles” in the film available for those who donate.
Ed, who grew up on Highfield Road, Blackpool, added: “We want it to be something Fylde people can be part of.”
Ed and Colin are set to visit schools and colleges to give production talks and advice on starting out in the industry.
For more information go to www.beyondthebar.co.uk/renataroad