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Harold Wood filmmaker gives helping hand to aspiring actors

Jessica North, Patrick Rawlins and Beau Hodgson shooting a film. Jessica North, Patrick Rawlins and Beau Hodgson shooting a film.

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Breaking into the film industry is no easy task, competition is fierce and it can take years of persistence to even get a whiff of an audition.

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Patrick Rawlins with actors Beau Hodgson and Daniel Ross shooting a film.Patrick Rawlins with actors Beau Hodgson and Daniel Ross shooting a film.

But one local filmmaker is doing all he can to help others into the limelight in his free time away from working in glass recycling and this week he has begun filming a new project with an all-Romford crew.

Beau Hodgson, 20, of Church Road, Harold Wood, writes and produces films featuring local aspiring actors and has seen the people he works with move on to work with established actors and comedians such as Micky Flannagan.

Beau writes at times foul-mouthed and often frank portrayals of modern life broaching difficult subjects such as growing up in a children’s’ home.

And in the three years he has been making films, he claims to have given many local actors and filmmakers a leg up into university studies or on-screen roles.

Film poster. Picture: Beau HodgsonFilm poster. Picture: Beau Hodgson

All this work is voluntary, however, and Beau does it on the side from working at Firman Glass, in Bates Road, Harold Wood, at his dad’s recycling firm. He started off borrowing “thousands of pounds” of equipment from Havering College, Ardleigh Green Road, where he studied acting.

“I have acted for nearly 10 years and from day one I realised I wanted to go to college but also I liked the idea of doing something myself,” Beau said.

After a discussion with fellow student at the college Patrick Rawlings, 20, from Harold Wood, who has gone on to study at the prestigious film school at Bournemouth University, they started doing it themselves.

Together they made the N0ughties - a drama inspired by E4’s provocative programme Skins which followed the lives of middle-class teenagers and their drug-taking exploits.

“Skins was a big thing at the time,” said Beau. “But I said there must be a way of making something more realistic.

“And everyone’s seen The Only Way Is Essex, I wanted to depict what Essex is really like.”

The pair decided it would be about a group of teenagers who grew up in a children’s’ home.

“The subject was a tricky one,” said Beau. “I spoke to a lot of people to try and get it right.”

They have now made four short films with friends and have begun their latest project, to be directed by Patrick, named Regaining Jack’s Virginity a comedy about a teenager’s sexual experiences at university.

This time “actors have been queuing up to join in”, according to Beau.

Filming started on Tuesday and the five-strong cast are kipping at his during the three days they are shooting it over.

Beau has high hopes for their pairs’ latest endeavour.

He said: “With the university supplying most the equipment we should be able to pull off someone quite amazing with a great bunch of actors and genius director.”

While they haven’t made the big time yet, with their commitment and Beau’s work ethic, they may one day put Havering on the map for film.

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