Feature Film “Innocent Candy” starts production in Skegness in 2018. The film is written by Stefan Michaels, directed by Jane Sanger, produced by Stacey J Gough, with Executive Producers Rosemary Hill and Stefan Michaels.
The film stars the talented cast: Sharon Lawrence, Stacey J Gough, Stefan Michaels, Dean Kilbey, Eva Savage, Rebecca Yeo, Andre Squire, Scott Wickes, Edward Peel, Lulu-Pearl Gough, Cara Middleton.
Synopsis: Hamilton Candy and The Bishop. Feared, respected, ruthless. Hamilton, the east end brute. Destroyed by the murder of his wife and five-year-old daughter in a revenge killing. Older, wiser, some call him the sensible one of the two. The Bishop. The psychotic loose cannon with an unhealthy obsession with God. Abused by his father and convinced he was a sinner in the eyes of God. Both men are close friends. Both men carry scars. Both men are lost. A story that reminds us ….It’s never too late.
A large chunk of the shoot for Innocent Candy takes place in the east coast resort with one of its characters, former ‘EastEnder’ Danielle Harold, visiting the Skegness area in July for some of the main scenes.
Also cast are John Altman – better known as EastEnders’ ‘Nasty Nick’, former Blue member and now established actor Antony Costa and Eddie Peel – whose face is recognisable as a long-standing star of shows, including The Bill.
Innocent Candy has been written by Stefan Michaels (Actor and writer represented by Emily Macquire Reflections Talent Agency ) with his long-term friend and fellow actor Stacey J. Gough (also represented as above) taking a leading role in its direction and production. Both men appear in the film also alongside a talented award winning cast.
Both professionals live in Skegness and have had long careers on both stage and TV, appearing regularly in soaps including Emmerdale and Coronation Street. Most recently Stacey has been known as the character ‘McFarlane’ in Emmerdale and appeared on stage as the villain in the Skegness panto at The Embassy Theatre, Skegness.
The venue’s operators, Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture, are supporting the project.
Programming and Operations Manager at The Embassy Theatre and the project’s executive producer, Pollyanne Trapmore-Shaw, said:
“We are looking forward to being part of the creative journey that is Innocent Candy.
“The passion delivered by the pair for quality production and a drive to deliver with such integrity towards the local area is what attracted me to the project, coupled with a compelling storyline that transcends eras with a bittersweet ident of “it’s never too late,” she added.
Writer Stefan Michaels is delighted with the result and the support he has received nationally. Innocent Candy is also a first for Skegness, as it has never been the prime location for a British feature film before.
With a great cast now secured, the meaningful story will take its audience on a journey of angst, sadness, drama – but, above all, hope. The household names starring in Innocent Candy are combined with some relatively unknown but successful and award-winning actors, who include young Minti Gorne.
Minti, who is taking the lead as young Ruby, starred alongside Mark Wahlberg and Sir Antony Hopkins in last year’s Hollywood blockbuster ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ and will also be filming in Skegness. A predominately female senior production team will also give the film a different flavour, says Stacey.
Edged with true grit and a hard exterior, its softer side is for the audience to find as they are taken on a journey from Skegness, to London and back again.
“We do not wish to give too much away or prejudge what the audience will take from the film – but safe to say it has its darkness, but there is hope and light,” said Stefan and Stacey.
The pair, who now head up the town’s first film company – Clock Tower Films Ltd’ aim to have filming completed by the end of summer, with premieres planned in both Skegness and London in the spring of 2019. They will also be taking Innocent Candy to festivals in Cannes, Berlin and America before its cinematic release.