A FILM-MAKER has looked back on 18 months of hard work after winding up production of his latest piece.
Award-winning Hartlepool-born producer John Reck appeared in the Mail last August appealing for help in raising funds to help produce a film about gun and knife crime, called Cops and Robbers.
Former Hartlepool Borough Council worker John, 27, and his colleague, Keith Mackin, of Plato Films, planned to raised £7,000, with any excess funds going to the Ben Kinsella Trust, an anti-knife campaign set up after Ben Kinsella, brother of ex-Eastenders actress Brooke Kinsella, was murdered in 2008.
Now, after friends and well-wishers rallied round to help achieve the target, delighted John has enjoyed a premiere showing of the film, which was held in Manchester at the weekend.
John, a former student of Bede College, in Billingham, Newton Bewley Primary School and Billingham Campus School, who teaches English and film practice to young adults in Spain, said: “After the celebration last weekend we embark on the next phase of the project, distribution and festival submission.
“The film looks and sounds superb after extended work from an international post-production crew, from Brazil, Belgium and the UK, whose skills include musical composition, sound design, colour grading and editing.
“The performances are strong from the central cast and the story packs a punch.
“Overall we are delighted with the outcome of 18 months hard work.”
The short film, which was shot in Ireland, came after John and Keith were moved by real-life events.
They had heard about two brothers aged eight and 11 from Chicago who stumbled across their father’s revolver, which they used during a game of cops and robbers.
But the game led to tragedy when the younger boy shot the older brother and wounded him.