A GANGSTER film is set to be filmed against the backdrop of the Tendring sunshine coast.

Lucas and Albert is the story of two villains for whom this job might be their last.

But it is their journey along the way - the characters they meet and what they learn about themselves - which proves the most exciting.

But to produce the feature film, Anthony Longhurst, of Thorpe-le-Soken, and Robert Putt, who together form Longhurst and Putt Productions, need £60,000 worth of public investment.

It is the first time the pair have tried crowdfunding.

Robert, who has been writing, acting and directing for more than 50 years, says the goal of Lucas and Albert is to make it “quintessentially British”.

The promo video which is already online was shot at the Headgate Theatre in Colchester.

Clacton and Frinton Gazette:

Robert and Anthony at the Headgate Theatre

“Tendring is perfect for what we need,” he said.

“We want to make the film authentic and to support the area to big it up. But also being in touch with the community so people feel part of the film, although it’s about two hitmen.

“Making a film in north Essex will bring many opportunities as well as kudos and novelty value,” added Anthony, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years.

He said: “It will bring awareness to the area and historical points of interest which will have a knock-on effect for tourism.

“Colleges might also want to take the opportunity to get students involved.

“Once the film is complete, it’s our hope we’ll have a screening locally either in Clacton or the Electric Palace in Harwich.”

The film was originally destined for the stage but the theatre is even more difficult to gain funding for, they explained.

They have their sighs set on Cannes Film Festival for the film, which they describe as a “Pinter-esque piece with a hint of Laurel and Hardy”.

If all goes well attracting investors who pledge an amount, filming will begin late autumn, ready for general release next year.

Anthony said: “What we’re looking for are interested parties and businesses that might like to get involved in the making of the film.

“Whether it be financially with investment or advertising, such as product placement or services.

“They’ll receive a film credit as well as invitations to screenings of the film plus various other benefits like unpaid extra roles.”

He added: “We believe in this film. Everything is in place and we’re ready to go.”

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