Town premiere for homegrown film

George Telfer and Michael Longhi.
George Telfer and Michael Longhi.

Actors staging a play at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre this week attended the town premiere of a film in which they star.

George Telfer, Mike Longhi and Adrian Lloyd-James were among an audience of 65 who watched the first showing in Chesterfield of the big screen thriller Innocent Crimes.

The three actors, who are currently appearing in the play Travels With My Aunt, form half the cast of the film which was made by former Pomegranate worker, Jonathan Green,

Jonathan, a former Chesterfield School student, made the low-budget black and white film for £10,000

The film earned George Telfer, who lives in Newbold, best actor award at the Clearwater Fillm Festival in Florida and best actress award for his co-star Kate Layden.

Innocent Crimes has been chosen for the finale of next weekend’s Purbeck Film Festival, in Dorset, which is the longest running rural film festival in the UK.

Jonathan, currently working for ITV, was unable to attend last night’s screening at the Pomegranate Theatre due to work commitments. Addressing the audience, his father John said: “On behalf of my son, I am sure he would be very proud to have seen this audience here tonight.”

Pomegranate manager Liz Woodall said: “I thought the film would be a good thing to put on this week, when we have three of the actors from the film appearing in the play.”

This is the first time that the Pomegranate have screened a film on a Wednesday night. Manager Liz hopes to follow it up with a showing of the film It’s A Wonderful LIfe on November 9, during the week that the theatre hosts the stage version of the same story.

George, Mike and Adrian will be back on stage tonight (Thursday) in Travels With My Aunt. which is running at the Pomegranate until Saturday.