Welcome to the Official Cast and Crew list of In Bluebell Wood
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Introducing LAURA SAXON as GEORGIE. Laura is also our Director and Producer.
Laura Saxon started off her career primarily on stage and in front of the camera. As her acting career has grown she had developed an interest in working behind the camera which prompted her to develop and learn as many areas of the industry as she is able to, whilst also giving her the opportunity to still focus on being in front of the camera. Laura started Saxon Productions Ltd in 2020 after it being a goal of hers for nearly 10 years. Her goal is to give as many people opportunities to develop both within the industry and within themselves, whilst bringing their stories and ambitions to life.
“IN BLUEBELL WOOD is an extremely exciting project of which I am looking forward to producing, directing and starring in. We already have a fantastic cast and crew, who it is a privilege to work alongside.”
To find out more about Laura, check out the link below.
Introducing Laura Ellen Wilson.
Laura is our Writer and Director.
Having spent 10 years in the entertainment industry (6 as a dancer/singer in resorts and on cruise ships and 4 as an actress) Laura decided it was time for a new challenge. IN BLUEBELL WOOD was originally written as a showreel piece for several of our young actors. With the ideas building bigger than a short showreel script, Laura decided to continue the story and create a proof of concept for the feature length version (in which the script is currently in development).
‘I am very excited to be taking on this new challenge and seeing everything fall into place is fantastic. To have a such a talented cast and crew on board who trust my vision, is humbling to say the very least’.
Introducing EDEN BRENNAN as EMMA.
Meet our leading lady!
She has a passion for dance, acting and performance and attends musical theatre classes at A Will and A Way theatre with Susan Mcardle. Eden has previously been involved with a number of student and independent films, and most recently has filmed an educational project in conjunction with Loud Productions. Eden attends dance classes and has achieved IDTA awards in ballet, street dance, cheer and freestyle. She has performed at Blackpool Winter Gardens and Saddlers Wells theatre London. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and walking her dog Ronnie. She is thrilled to be involved to be playing the title role in IN BLUEBELL WOOD and is looking forward to working with so many talented and familiar faces.
To find out more about Eden, follow her link below.
Introducing ABRISH KHAN as EVIE.
Abrish is a keen young actress from Manchester. She is 9 years old at the moment, but will turn 10 in March. She loves to sing and dance and has recently walked the catwalk during London Fashion Week. Abrish only started acting a year ago where she was a supporting artist in the ABC Murders. She has since worked on a number of student films, a TV pilot and with the BBC for The Worst Witch and the 4 o’clock club. Abrish is so excited to be working alongside a brilliant cast and crew on IN BLUEBELL WOOD.
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Introducing OLIVIA MAIDEN as KAT.
Olivia is an award-winning 17-year-old actor who has always had a huge passion for acting. After being involved in musical theatre at a young age, she chose to transition to screen three years ago as it allowed for a more natural and authentic performance. Over the last three years, Olivia has taken part in a number of different film opportunities from playing a troubled addict in the Independent Drama ‘Jolt’ to Rose in Boudica Films’ Feature Comedy ‘Kat and the Band’. Olivia is also grateful to have had the opportunity to become experienced in and explore the period drama genre, playing a schizophrenic in the 1940s feature film ‘The Invisible War’, and Mary-Ann Worlock in the 1820s ’The Trial of Rebecca Worlock’, both based on true stories and produced by Cynthia Pictures. Additionally, she has portrayed ‘Cadwyn’ in the Roman short ‘The Land of our Ancestors’.
More recently, she has enjoyed more versatile opportunities playing the lead Skye Mathews in the York based Web-Series ’PsycoTherapy’ and Young Courtney in the Independent Horror feature film ‘Morris’ directed by Jason Brown, to be released soon. In December 2019, Olivia was nominated for Best Young Actor at the Prodigy Film Festival for her role as Maddy (which she learnt basic BSL for) in the TV Drama ‘My Brother’s Life Without Sound’. Currently, she is filming in Cumbria and Cornwall for the highly-anticipated Victorian feature ‘The Ballad of Lucy Sands’ from Malbysse Productions and preparing for Season 2 production of ‘PsycoTherapy’. Olivia recently received the ‘Best Young Actress’ award at the Birmingham Film Festival, for her role as Beatrice Evans in her own short thriller ‘Bea Before Me’. This Summer, Olivia will be filming in Washington, USA, as the lead role of Young Tina in the drama feature film ‘Sunshine Girl’ and is incredibly excited about taking the role of Kat this August in IN BLUEBELL WOOD.
To find out more about Olivia, follow the link below.
Introducing ISLA WILLIAMS as EMILY.
Isla is 8 years old and currently attends weekly drama and acting classes and has performed on stage in many theatres. Her hobbies include acro gymnastics, swimming, riding her bike and taking part in adventure sports. Her favourites are high ropes and climbing walls! Isla has previously worked on a TV pilot and feature film, both of which are in post-production. Isla is also very excited to be cast in Elf The Musical which is a local production and will be performing at the Met Theatre in Bury in December 2020. This is one of Isla’s favourite films and she cannot wait to start rehearsals. Special thanks to Bolton Drama Company and Bolton All Starz for giving Isla this opportunity.
”I love learning scripts and being in character, I can take direction well and look forward to seeing what the future holds for me. I can’t wait to get on set of IN BLUEBELL WOOD”.
To find out more about Isla, follow her link below.
Introducing SIENNA WILLIAMS as SOPHIA.
”Hi! My name is Sienna. I might only be 5 but I love being in front of the camera where I can take direction well and I feel confident. I love acting and performing on stage and I especially love Musical Theatre where I get to Act, Sing and Dance all together and I have performed in many theatres. I attend drama lessons and I am really proud that I can now swim unaided! My hobbies are acro gymnastics, reading books and riding my bike which I can also do unaided. I have taken part in a photoshoot for a toy company and been a Supporting Artist playing different roles which I loved. I have been a schoolchild/zombie, a party guest in fancy dress and a Victorian child. I have also been cast in Elf The Musical in a speaking role and I am very excited to start rehearsals. I will be performing at the Met Theatre in Bury in December 2020″.
To find out more about Sienna, one of our youngest cast members, follow her link below.
Introducing HOLLY HAJBOK as SKYE.
Holly is a young actress from North Wales who loves performing. She loves to dance and has recently walked for London Fashion Week, but her favourite thing is to do is act. Having started acting at the age of 5 years appearing in supporting roles in tv pilots and feature films, she caught the acting bug young. Since then she has gone on to do further work for the BBC and TV commercials before landing lead child roles in the short films “The Intruder” and “Alice in Wonderland”. Holly has also been cast in upcoming feature film ”Dark Days” playing the role of ‘Stacey’, the leads daughter. Holly is very excited to take on her role in IN BLUEBELL WOOD and to be working alongside such a fabulous crew and cast.
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Introducing MAXWELL WHITELOCK as JACOB.
Maxwell is a ball of energy with a unique personality who finds wander all around him. He is very confident and walks into all new experiences as though it is an everyday activity. He is enthusiastic and loves to please. Maxwell is at home being on the stage or in front of a camera with experience in TV commercial work, short and feature films and lead roles in small stage productions. Maxwell recently attended the premiere of the feature film he had a major role in and it was fantastic to see him on the big screen. Most recently, Maxwell has been cast as a picture double in a TV series in production which is directed by a very well known writer/director. Maxwell has also performed in a number of dance competitions as a solo, and part of a duet and troupe. Maxwell attends a performing arts school twice a week which incorporates musical theatre, private singing and dancing lessons, ballet, tap, modern, competition troupe and a boy’s movement class. Maxwell has a happy quirky personality and stands out in a crowd with his style and confidence. Maxwell is a student at State of the Arts Academy and is represented by Jzee Leeming. Maxwell is very excited for his role in the film and cannot wait to work alongside the cast and crew on IN BLUEBELL WOOD.
To find out more about Maxwell, follow the link below.
Introducing RUBY THOMPSON as TAYLOR.
Ruby has been acting since she was 8 years old and has been described as a natural actor. She started off by doing many student films and eventually getting a small role in a independent film directed by Marc Zammit called Homeless Ashes playing the daughter of The Walking Dead actor, Lew Temple. She has been involved in many other independent films over the last couple of years and enjoys being in front of the camera. Last year she was hero girl playing her trombone in the new Heinz Beanz advert. Ruby has recently done a voice over for a Barnardo’s tv advert campaign about grooming. Although a harrowing subject she enjoyed the experience and hopes it will bring awareness to this important issue.
To find out more about Ruby, follow her link below:
Introducing LILLY-ELLA REDCLIFFE as CHARLOTTE.
An actress and model, Lilly-Ella has attended acting school since the age of six and is currently a student at First Take Acting School co-owned by Jamie Lomas.
Lilly-Ella is very passionate about acting & dancing and has been very fortunate to be involved in a number of short films. She is currently appearing in season 4 of The Worst Witch and season 10 of the 4 o’clock club. As well as acting she is a keen dancer who attends KLS Dance Academy, where she is in competition team and previously performed at Blackpool Winter Gardens. In her spare time, Lilly-Ella enjoys spending time with her family, riding her bike, singing and yoga . Lilly-Ella is very excited to be a part of IN BLUEBELL WOOD and is looking forward to working along side a talented cast and crew.
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Introducing LILLY-MAY VIOLET as MOLLIE.
Lilly-May Violet is 12 years old. She got the acting bug when she was selected to film and sing in 2 music videos for a UK wide restaurant/children’s entertainment company aged 7. Since then, she has worked on a tv pilot, numerous short films and landed a job as a voiceover artist for an American animated tv series. Lilly-May has also worked on various model shoots and walked the catwalk for a charity fashion show in Glasgow. Lilly-May attends her local theatre school for drama, dance and singing lessons and she loves nothing more than to transform herself into character on set or stage. She also enjoys raising money for charity and did a mile run to raise money for The British Heart Foundation as Lilly-May herself has a heart defect. Fun fact: Lilly-May once released a birthday balloon in Lancashire and it was found by a grandpa in his garden in Germany! The Lancashire Telegraph did a search for Lilly-May to tell her the amazing news!
For more information on Lilly-May, follow her link below.
Introducing ABIGAIL THOMPSON as ELLIE.
Abigail has been acting for the past couple of years, being involved in a few stage shows with her drama school and has recently played at Hope Mill Theatre in the production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which she thoroughly enjoyed. Abigail was also in an independent film which she got to play a zombie.
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Introducing ILIRIAN BUSHI as TOBY.
Ilirian is a young teen actor from St. Albans; you may recognise him from the recent Tesco Delivering Christmas commercial, where he played a 1920s child. Ilirian has been performing from a very young age and appeared regularly in local musical theatre productions and in pantomime at the Alban Arena. His first venture into screen acting was as a child; playing a magician role in an online film for Samsung and the hero child in the Cadbury’s Marvellous Creations TV commercial. He was also on huge billboards all around the country, as part of this campaign. Since then he has appeared on the popular CBBC adventure game show, Raven, as the warrior Ilibus and in several documentaries, giving his opinions on some of the Children’s Film Foundation films. More recently Ilirian has been fortunate to work on many short films and independent features, including: My Time, a film about a girl and her first period, written and directed by Giulia Gandini. Ilirian plays the character Mike. My Time has won 5 awards and was also long listed for the Oscars; it is currently continuing its journey on the festival circuit. Ilirian is proud to have been cast in the short film, Trauma, from Spirit Productions. He plays the role of Thrash, a teen thug, but the short has a very powerful anti-knife crime message which is being shared with schools. Most of Ilirian’s other work is currently in post-production, including: Cardboard Fort, an independent coming of age feature film from the young award winning writer and producer, Sam Hartshorn. Ilirian plays the lead role, Charlie, and enjoyed 3 weeks of filming on location in Harrogate last summer. Ilirian is also a teen model; walking in London Fashion Week for Athea Couture and he is the new “Face of Ratchett” clothing brand for 2020. Ilirian is excited to have been cast as Toby, in the short film, In Bluebell Wood and can’t wait to work with the amazing cast and talented production team.
To find out more about Ilirian, follow the link below.
Introducing EVIE-LEIGH KATIE as ISOBEL.
Evie-Leigh Katie is 9 years old and enjoys acting and modelling. She got her first taste of the industry when she donated 14″ of her hair to The Little Princess Trust, aged 4, and raised over £1100 for the charity. Evie-Leigh hit worldwide news and enjoyed having a photoshoot for The Daily Mail. She was also invited to film on Loose Women. Evie-Leigh has since filmed a tv pilot, various short films and has done many photo shoots. She was also a finalist for a fashion show competition in Bolton. Evie-Leigh attends her local theatre school for drama, dance and singing.
To find out more about Evie-Leigh, follow her link below.
Introducing SOPHIA-GRACE as GRACE.
Sophia-Grace is a 6 year old actress who started her journey just over a year ago. In this short space of time she has had leading roles in many short films, a music video, advertisements and most recently a major feature film alongside some very well known celebrities! Her interest in acting started with her performing in her dance school’s annual show and has taken off quickly from there.
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Introducing MAHLI PERRY as MILLIE.
Mahli has been a natural performer from as soon as she could walk and talk. She attends Stagecoach Drama School and loves gymnastics. Mahli has filmed promotional material for PJ Masks where she played Owlette and one of her clips was viewed over 4 million times! She has also featured in TV commercials and has performed with her drama group. Mahli is very excited to be featured in IN BLUEBELL WOOD which is her first short film.
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Introducing our final child cast members who make up ‘The Pioneers’, the rival sports team to our main cast of IN BLUEBELL WOOD
Names in no particular order: Josh Winn, Leon Hutchinson, Lexi Moore, Jacob Sayer, Ben Hutchinson, Freya Hollingdale, Isaac Harrison, Finley Longworth,Sophie Mellor, Nathaniel Cagliarini, Finley Green, Jessica Crick, Finley Hanson and Tilly – The Pioneer Pup
Introducing our Poster Designer Mark Larkworthy
Have you seen our fantastic poster yet? Born and raised in the military, Mark has learnt the art of stealth and subterfuge. This is probably one of the main reasons you haven’t heard of him. He hides deep in the shadows, but not in the creepy way! Self taught all things art from an early age where homework with drawings was completed and of epic proportions and all other homework left untouched; to the present day where he skulks through the halls of the University of YouTube sneaking peeks at all the fancy work then quickly teaching himself how to do it.Licensed tattoo artist to graphics guru. (ok so not guru but not too shabby) to part time VFX shenanigans for a growing number of features and helping others learn new skills and adapt them in unconventional ways. He can mostly be found at Rancid Designs creating all kinds of messes. Pop by, say hello, join the madness!!!
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Introducing our B Camera Cinematographer
Originally from Hull, Justin was captivated by the creative arts from an early age, taking part in activities hosted by the city’s Youth Music Service, performing in numerous ensembles and touring abroad. At just twenty years old, Justin joined the army as a musician, and this early start lead to a long and successful career, culminating in serving as a Bandmaster for over a decade. It was during this time that Justin’s interest in photography developed and flourished. After completing his Army service, Justin began to adapt his skills to videography, honing his craft and quickly gaining a positive reputation in the North East of England as a freelancer who supports businesses and events with his eye – catching and effective videos for social media campaigns. Throughout his life Justin has been an avid film fan, and recently has moved into working on film projects as a camera operator. Looking ahead, he is excited to have the opportunity to work as Director of Photography on several short films and has several scripts currently in review. With a keen eye and perspective for shot composition, movement and light, Justin has already taken promising first steps as a cinematographer and is looking forward to an exciting and busy future.
Introducing our Colourist and VFX
Heinz Donnelly Schmidt
Heinz has been working in the creative visual industry in editing, filmmaking, photo retouching & photography for more than 20 years. Past projects include working in theatre, on set for short films & features, and in post production & editing for clients in the North of England, London, New York and Los Angeles. For the last 3 years he has been focusing on colour correction & colour grading for film with clients that range from brands like Toni & Guy and Unilever to personalities like Gary Lineker & Sir Ian Botham, and many up-and-coming producers, directors, DOPs and media agencies.
To find out more about Heinz, follow the link below.
Introducing our Sound Recordist and
Post-Production Sound Editor
‘In 2011 I was invited to come and assist the sound department for a day on a low-budget feature film called “Death”. This led to me working in various roles on a few other films in my spare time that year and by 2012 I was specialising in sound. In 2013 I started to get occasional paid work as boom operator and production sound editor and in 2016 I was made redundant from my main job so I used the redundancy money to set myself up as a freelance sound recordist and dubbing mixer. I work regularly on short films for BFI, BBC and Channel 4 as well as many independent feature films which have almost all ended up on Amazon’.
Find out more about Philip below.