Tributes have poured in for the Chesterfield born actor, known for his roles in Alien and The Elephant Man, who has died at the age of seventy-seven. Hurt, who had been undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer since 2015, was describe by US director Mel Brooks as “cinematic immortality”. He recently starred as Father Richard McSorley in Jackie, the biopic of the wife of President John F Kennedy’s. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Martin Carter, lecturer in stage and screen at Sheffield Hallam University and presenter of the Film Show on Sheffield Live! about the loss to the film community.
The Hunt for Gollum is a 40 minute fan film, inspired by the appendices of JRR Tolkein’s classic trilogy, ‘The Lord of the Rings’.
The film tells the tale of Aragorn as he searches for Gollum, after Gandalf realizes that someone else knows the whereabouts of the ‘one ring’.
Chris Bouchard, the writer-director, assembled a team of dedicated cast and crew and began filming around Wales and Epping Forest. In the process creating an epic 40 minute film which had a total budget of around £3,000 (compared with £190million spent making the three The Lord Of The Rings films). The movie recently had its world premiere at the Sci-Fi Film Festival in London and played to universal praise.
The film is completely non-commercial and can be viewed in full at www.thehuntforgollum.com
Communities Live!’s Fabian Beckett spoke to Sheffield based actor, Adrian Webster about his starring role in the film as Aragorn and what fans can expect from this exciting new independent film.
Fabian Beckett Interviews Adrian Webster