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Hainualt film producer returns to King Solomon High to shoot feature about child soldiers

PUBLISHED: 08:00 12 May 2013 | UPDATED: 08:16 24 May 2019

A film producer returned to his former school in Barkingside to shoot scenes for his first feature-length movie looking at the trauma experienced by former child soldiers in Africa.

Jake Hume, 25, of Hainault, is hoping to raise funds to complete the film, Sixteen, which was filmed over three weeks at various locations including King Solomon High School, Forest Road, Barkingside, and Sinclair House, Woodford Bridge Road, Redbridge.

If he is successful, the film will form part of the BFI London Film Festival in October and be released in a number of cinemas.

Jake, who worked alongside BBC-award-winning director Rob Brown, said: "I first met Rob at Bournemouth Film Academy and we made a few short films together. He had been wanting to make Sixteen for a long time.

"The coming of age story follows an African former child soldier called Jumah who is brought to London by an aid worker.

"Jumah wants to leave his violent past behind but when he accidentally witnesses a stabbing, the people involved want to make sure he says nothing."

The film stars Postcode actor Roger Nsengiyumva, Rachael Stirling, of Snow White and the Huntsman and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Rosie Day and Sam Spruell.

Jake said: "It's been very challenging working on such a small budget - about the same price as a medium-sized family car. But everyone involved has just been happy to be a part of the project. We spent four days filming at King Solomon, which was a strange feeling. It was nice to kind of bring everything around full circle, because that is where I was first introduced to media studies."

The film's script was also one of three selected to be performed by professional actors at the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum.

- For more information on the film visit www.seizefilms.co.uk.

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