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Ilford resident produces ‘dream project’ after running into film star Vin Diesel

PUBLISHED: 12:43 14 July 2017

Crossing Over premieres on August 5 (credit: Mark Haldor/Crossing Over)

Crossing Over premieres on August 5 (credit: Mark Haldor/Crossing Over)

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An Ilford resident was motivated to direct his own film after a chance run in with Fast & Furious star Vin Diesel.

Executive Producer and actress  Johanna Pollet, musicians Tom Spencer and Victoria Liedtke, director Mark HaldorExecutive Producer and actress Johanna Pollet, musicians Tom Spencer and Victoria Liedtke, director Mark Haldor

Actor Mark Haldor says the frank advice dispensed by the superstar made him realise that he just had to press on with his dream project of producing his own film.

Now he has produced feature length film ‘Crossing Over’ which follows eight London actors wishing to make it big in Hollywood, which Mark also acted in and directed.

He said: “The idea of making a film was first planted in my mind after speaking with Vin Diesel on the set of Fast and Furious 6.

“He advised me to write, produce, direct and star in my own project just like he had in order to get himself noticed.

“Following this advice, I visited L.A. some months later and a concept I thought of whilst out there, about the challenging lives and dreams of struggling actors, struck a chord with me.

“Upon returning to Ilford, I read film director Robert Rodriguez’s book Rebel Without A Crew.

“That was the missing piece of the puzzle and convinced me to act on the advice from Vin Diesel and my vision in LA to believe it was possible and make a feature length film with zero budget!”

The film follows former Eastenders and Doctor Who actress Louise Jameson, who was born in Wanstead, as a frustrated UK agent.

She submits eight London based actors to audition for the next big time Hollywood film via Skype.

These auditions have a chance to make or break the futures of the eight actors, who also have a hands-on role in bringing this film come together.

Mark said: “I’m most proud of its unique concept which brought together eight actors I’m also proud to call friends, to write and contribute their own scenes and characters within the film’s framework.

“This allowed for a variety of comedy styles to thrive and hilarious improvisations to flourish on set and make the final cut!”

Crossing Over (18) is premiering on August 6th and all profits from the charity premiere in Canary Wharf will be going towards the Orangutan Foundation.

For more information about the event or to buy tickets, click here.


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