From Edlesborough to Hollywood

Film man has high hopes for second feature

An Edlesborough man has swapped village life for the hustle and bustle of Hollywood as his new film hits the big time.

Director and writer Jevon O'Neill flew out to Los Angeles last week, as he heard his film had been selected to appear alongside other potential blockbusters in The Hollywood Film Festival that Friday.

Jevon's second film, Out of Season, stars Dennis Hopper and Gina Gershon and he is over the moon with the response his independent film has received so far.

"It has been a hard slog as the funding took ages to come through. Eventually it all came together and we shot the film last year," he said.

"All I ever hope is that my material is strong enough to attract actors to it and, thankfully, once Dennis was on board other big names became interested."

Filmed in Romania and with a budget of $6 million, Out of Season tells the tale of a young drifter who works the summer tourist season at a small seaside town on the East Coast of America.

But when he gets stuck in the town during the winter and his new home becomes a ghost town, he unknowingly gets dragged into a world of deceit, double crossings and murder among the locals.

Jevon, who spent three months on location, added: "It is a dark thriller and morality tale which highlights the dangers of not following your instincts.

"I was inspired by my own experiences growing up in Blackpool and how stark and uninviting the surroundings can be when the peak season is over."

Jevon's first film, Bob's Weekend, has since been picked up by Paramount and shown on BBC1.

Out of Season is already creating a stir with Dennis Hopper's raw performance being considered for some major awards.

So is Jevon tempted to trade Edlesborough for Tinseltown permanently?

He said: "I have been in the village for ten years now and my children go to the local school so at this moment in time I am really settled and have no plans to move – but who knows? I never say never!"