Prestayn film-maker to hold Scala premiere

Published date: 13 January 2014 |
Published by: Suzanne Jordan 
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A FILM that explores the merits and pitfalls of Prestatyn town will premiere at the Scala cinema in the spring.

Prestatyn filmmaker, David Francis, has been releasing trailers across social media sites ahead of his upcoming production, Prestatyn Rising, which looks at the town's new retail park, the traffic flow system and the increased interest in internet shopping.

Mr Francis, who started his love affair with film and photography in the 70s, has spent a year filming material for the feature length documentary.

Mr Francis said: “I’ve made this film on my own back and people have been cooperative. There has only been one or two that haven’t been happy to have their views on camera. Tesco and especially M&S have been very supportive.

“Councillors who have been criticised by some of the smaller businesses have allowed their heads to be put on the chopping block.”

Mr Francis, of Prestatyn, added that despite not being commissioned, the feature length film is “ironically his biggest production”.

“The film will screen for two nights, I hope there will be interest. It’s too early to say if I will put out a red carpet. I did an extensive amount of research. I decided to stay impartial and let the film speak for itself based on our findings.”

Chris Ruane, MP for the Vale of Clwyd, termed Mr Francis’s film an “excellent initiative”.
He said: “It is a great project looking to raise and improve the profile of Prestatyn which has so much to offer.”

Cllr Sherry Edwards added: “I really admire David’s attempts to capture the essence of the town at this pivotal moment of massive change.”

Rhiannon Hughes, chair of the Scala Trust, said: “It’s these type of community events it was built for. The film can form part of the Prestatyn living history project which is being developed by the newly formed Prestatyn Living History Society.”

For further information search for Prestatyn Rising on YouTube or David Francis on Facebook.

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