A Thorpe-based PRODUCTION company has been inspired by winning a coveted award to start a new film project.
Longhurst and Putt Productions was stunned when its film Lucas and Albert beat out Hollywood blockbusters like 1917 to win Best Feature at the 2021 National Film Awards.
Today, Anthony Longhurst is not resting on his laurels and is working hard to produce his next project.
He said: “As for Lucas and Albert, when they announced that we had won, everything happened in slow motion, I was totally speechless.
“Initially when we were nominated I called the National Film Awards because I thought it was a hoax.
“When we won, hardly anyone knew about us or the movie.
“Next time we want a bigger budget to involve more people in the area.”
Lucas and Albert was written by Longhurst and his collaborator Robert Putt, it follows two aging hitmen who are forced to do one last job.
In the film, the two main characters are responsible for guarding a house.
Longhurst and Putt’s latest project, Babysitters, is about what happens in this house.
Anthony added: “I wouldn’t say it’s a sequel but more of a ‘match’ as the two films are linked.
“The babysitters will be told through flashbacks and talk about friendship, loyalty and the ugly case of the crime.
“Gangsters shouldn’t be worshiped by heroes and they usually endanger innocent people who end up losing more than just their freedom.”
People who are victims of their environment is a very important subject for Anthony.
He starred in hit shows like Eastenders, The Bill and London’s Burning, but witnessed hardship growing up in the East End before moving to Thorpe.
Anthony said: “Sometimes working class people don’t have a chance.
“I didn’t know anyone who had gone to college when I was growing up.
“Now you see people like Gary Oldman and Danny Boyle coming to North Essex, so hopefully we can take advantage of that and energize the area.”
Filming for Babysitters is set to begin in early 2023. For more information, visit bit.ly/3l9dqtI.