Brighton Film Director hoping to film later this month

Elliott Hasler, who writes and directs all his films, has been dubbed “the next Spielberg”. At 19, he recently embarked on his second feature film, Vindication Swim, and is looking to shoot key scenes in Hastings: “It’s a wonderful part of Sussex with a fantastic and historic link to the sea. The backdrop of the beach near to the Fishermen’s Museum would fit perfectly into the film,” says Elliott.

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The film is the inspirational story of swimmer, Mercedes Gleitze, who, having battled the waters of the English Channel and the patriarchal society of 1927, is forced into a fight to retain her record as the first English woman to swim the Channel. This is Elliott’s second historical drama based on a true story which links his love of film with his love of history: he is currently studying history at the University of Exeter. 

Elliott started making films at the age of 10 following a school project in which the class made a short movie. At 16 he’d already made his first feature film, Charlie’s Letters – it debuted at the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and was shown in February this year at Berlin International  Film Festival (Berlinale) which will result in its official release this Autumn in the UK, USA and South Korea. His second film, To Hunt a Tiger, was a short film that premiered in the Maldives last year.

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Elliott found the story for Vindication Swim online and, having researched it, thought it would make a great movie. He wants the film to re-establish Mercedes Gleitze’s legacy as a “truly amazing woman of her time”.

The story is set in Sussex, so he wants to bring people of the county together to get the film made. The main cast are Sussex people, Kirsten Callaghan playing Mercedes Gleitze and John Locke playing her coach Harold. 

Elliott would like to target the shoot for Sunday 26th July, arriving around 7.30 in the morning for an 8.00 am start. The shoot will take no more than two hours.

Unfortunately, there is a limited budget so no payment can be made for extras. For those that wish to take part, they would need to come dressed in 1920s costumes with hats and dark shoes and lots of enthusiasm to help and appear within the film, and of course they will be credited. The production crew has a limited supply of both male and female costumes available for those who would like to take part but don’t have access to appropriate costumes.

For those interested in taking part contact [email protected]


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