King’s Lynn man wins grant to shoot western in West Norfolk

Budding film maker Moin Hussain
Budding film maker Moin Hussain
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A Lynn man will be using his experiences as a paperboy to create a short film after winning a £5,000 grant.

Moin Hussain, 22, is hoping to start shooting the coming of age story, Holy Thursday, in the summer.

Lynn film maker Moin Hussain in action

Lynn film maker Moin Hussain in action

Writer and director Mr Hussain has secured a £5,000 grant from Creative England to go towards the costs of the £7,000 project.

He has also managed to raise a further £1,000 and has put together a crowdsourcing page to raise the final amount.

Once the film is completed Mr Hussain is hoping to screen it at festivals and at a local cinema.

He said: “We have to take things one step at a time but I am hoping to make a really great short film that I can be proud of.

“Hopefully it can lead onto bigger and better things.

“The £5,000 grant is a lot of money, especially these days when there is not much funding about. It is a long and gruelling selection process and we were over the moon to secure the grant.”

Mr Hussain spent four years delivering papers, including the Lynn News, to homes around the town.

Now he has used this to put together the Western-inspired Holy Thursday, which is a story of a paperboy, a crook and a widower, set in the flatlands of Norfolk, England.

Mr Hussain said: “I did a paper round from the age of 13.

“It is a strange feeling to be out at that time of the morning. When you reach that age you have a surreal sense of still being a child but almost an adult.”

Mr Hussain has collaborated with Neil Morgan, from Lincolnshire, on the project and will also be using a film crew of up to 16 people, some of whom hail from Norfolk.

A four to five strong cast, some of whom will be professional actors, will be taking part.

Mr Hussain is hoping to shoot the film over four days in July with editing following.

Once the film is complete, Creative England will help Mr Hussain with festival applications.

But he also hopes to bring the film back to West Norfolk.

He said: “We are thinking about a screening at the Majestic Cinema in Lynn. It would be great.

“We are definitely thinking about the Majestic or another local cinema.”

But Mr Hussain, whose dream is to write and direct a feature film, needs to raise the final £1,000 for the project.

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