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Alan Livesey who's film The Blackout is being premiered in Preston
Alan Livesey who's film The Blackout is being premiered in Preston
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A University of Central Lancashire graduate is hoping to turn the film industry “on its head” with the premiere of his first feature film.

Former film production and screenwriting student Alan Livesey has produced and acted as the lead director on The Blackout; a film set in Preston that follows the lives of six people left to cope alone in the first 12 hours of an all-power blackout.

It is the first feature-length film the 28-year-old has directed following success in producing a series of commissioned short films and a drama which included filming on location on Los Angeles and will be exclusively premiered at Preston’s Guild Hall tomorrow.

Alan describes The Blackout as a multi-narrative approach to film making by combining the practicalities of producing a short film with the longer form of a feature film.

The director has done this by breaking The Blackout up into six segments, each with its own production crew and writer, and then knitting them cohesively together to form a single film.

Alan, who only had the idea to make a collabrative film a year ago, said: “By making a film in this format it’s allowed us to produce a feature film on a shoe-string budget of £1,200, which came from combination of crowdfunding and support from local organisations, in only a year. It’s been a fantastic collaborative event and really showcases the quality of local writing, directing and acting talent on offer in Lancashire. It’s brought short film makers together to make one big impact.”

He said he was “nervous but excited” about the Preston premiere, adding: “It was really important to me that the film was set in Preston using local talent; I wanted to see what we could achieve on our own.”

Tickets to the free screening at Preston Guild Hall on Thursday 12 November can be booked on the Skiddle website. (http://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Preston/Preston-Guild-Hall/The-Blackout-Film-Premire-Screening/12549240/) The fully licensed bar at the Guild Hall opens at 6.00pm with the screening call at around 7.45pm.