A NEW dance film which charters the arrival of an outsider to Coventry is set for release this spring.
Independent company Touchtype Films and dance company Ascension Dance have just finished shooting ‘Sent to Coventry’ which follows the arrival of Ben, played by Ben Morley, to the city and how he is welcomed by Charlotte and Ashley, who are played by Charlotte Dodd and Ashley Jordan.
Jamie Sergeant, of Touchtype Films, is directing the picture – which has been filmed at a variety of locations across the city, including Coventry Cathedral and the Ricoh Arena, and it is being shot by cameraman Jon Randle.
Jamie said the film had come about after they all met up after leaving university. He said: “AJ, Ben and I knew each for a while from attending dance and drama workshops. Then we all went off to different unis.
“When we came back to the city last year, we held a reunion and it was suggested that we make a dance film. We weren’t 100% sure at first but then we started to see all of the publicity about Coventry bidding for UK City of Culture and thought that the time was right.
“It’s been great coming back to the city – there’s a movement of small, independent arts and performance groups developing and that can only be a good thing for Coventry. There’s a small community of us and we are all trying to help one another.
“The bid to be UK City of Culture is already providing a platform and we hope that the film will help to further show Coventry off in a positive light.
“It’s not a film for the bid as such, but the Coventry City of Culture Trust have supported us and so have Coventry City Council, which has made a big difference.
“We have just finished filming at the final few locations and now the film is being edited ready for release in May.”
The film is a collaboration between the two city-based companies and has been supported by an arts grant through Coventry City Council and further funding from the Coventry City of Culture Trust – the organisation behind the bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021.
Jamie, whose company also makes corporate films for businesses and other organisations, added: “Considering we only really began talking about making the film last June, we’ve come a long way – from getting it funded, written, filmed and into production.
“It’s got a nod to the city’s past and it looks at the present too, and some of the great places we have here in Coventry. It also looks to the future of the city and that’s exactly what our UK City of Culture bid is doing.”