Students living at Guildford’s newest luxury purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme – Guilden Village – were treated to an exclusive test screening of the new movie ‘Kindling’, a coming-of-age feature film currently in post-production and produced by University of Surrey graduate Jamie Gamache.
The film was produced by Lowkey Films and financed in partnership by Haymarket Films and the developers of Guilden Village – Future Generation. Organisers of the screening were keen to offer students living at the PBSA scheme, many of whom study performing arts or film production at the nearby University of Surrey, the opportunity to fully engage in the British film industry.
“Haymarket Films have been making feature films for over 20 years. We are delighted to partner with Future Generation on this next chapter of our journey and are proud to take our latest screening directly to students at Guilden Village. Together with Future Generation and Carnaby Talent, we can offer unrivalled access to the next generation of filmmakers.”Andrew Loveday, Executive Producer of Haymarket Films and CEO of Carnaby International
Producer Andrew Loveday (Rise of the Footsoldier: Origins, Summit Fever) welcomed students to the screening, alongside Future Generation founder and chairman Andrew Southern. Carnaby Talent, a film & TV talent agency also attended, providing students direct access to the film industry and supporting them with the transition from student projects to commercial feature films.
“Alongside developing innovative student-accommodation concepts right across the UK, Future Generation has participated in film finance since 2016. We’re proud to say Kindling is our third project with Haymarket Films.
“This experience has meant we are fully attuned to the competitive reality creative arts students face as they strive to enter the film industry. We’re delighted to also welcome along Carnaby Talent, who can offer students direct access to the industry.”Andrew Southern, Founder and Chairman, Future Generation
Students who attended the screening at Guilden Village’s cinema on 17 March 2022 were joined by representatives from local higher educational institutions where many of them study – including Italia Conti, Guildford College and University of Surrey.
“Since opening in September 2021, the students living with us have been offered market leading luxury accommodation and memorable student experiences. Future Generation’s connections to the film industry have helped inspire students living here to take their passion for movie making to the next level. Those who were lucky enough to attend the screening were thrilled.”Isaac Cuevas, Area Manager, Prestige Student Living, who manages Guilden Village on behalf of Future Generation
The feature length movie is written and directed by Surrey born award-winning film director and producer, Connor O’Hara. It is based on his own experience of losing two friends within days of each other at the age of 21. Kindling is the story of a group of young men at their most vulnerable – as they grapple with grief and mortality and rally together to make one friend’s last days the best of his life.
Kindling stars include George Somner (Sex Education, This is Going to Hurt), Conrad Khan (BAFTA rising star nominee, County Lines), Wilson Mbomio (The Witcher), Mia McKenna Bruce (Persuasion, The Witcher), Rory J Saper (Find Me in Paris, The Legend of Tarzan), Kaine Zajaz (Our Girl, Cherry), with Geoff Bell (Kingsman: The Secret Service, His Dark Materials) and Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones, Exodus: Gods and Kings).