Actors’ directing debut

PUBLISHED: 10:17 08 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:47 25 August 2010



Simon Stuart-Miller©2009

TWO actors who shot, produced and starred in their own film are hoping to get it screened at a film festival.

TWO actors who shot, produced and starred in their own film are hoping to get it screened at a film festival.

The satire on the cosmetics industry called Face Value, is a quirky piece about a young man's obsession with his frown lines and features Blue Peter presenter Zoe Salmon.

Actor Simon Nuckley, 27, from Baldwyns Park, Bexley and fellow actor Lee Peck, 24, produced and filmed the movie within six weeks.

Mr Nuckley said: "The film was a real baptism of fire, there were many enjoyable and challenging moments, one minute you're in make up preparing for a scene and the next, making sandwiches and repairing bicycle punctures."

The 16-minute film explored the lengths at which a man goes to smooth out his wrinkles and the money he spends, much to the annoyance of fellow housemates Toby and Sarah.

To escape the mountain of debt his obsession has cost, Joey agrees to take part in a trial skin rejuvenation treatment, with some unexpected results.

Applications have been sent to countless festivals including the world-famous one in Cannes, Branchage in Jersey and the Portobello Film Festival in London. The film features Mr Nuckley and Mr Lee in the lead roles with former Blue Peter presenter Zoe Salmon playing Joey's long-suffering girlfriend Sarah.

Mr Nuckley said: "Zoe was charming and an absolute joy to work with.

"I knew I wanted a celebrity because it helps with publicity and distribution.

"We were just trawling through websites and we came across her and I thought she was great.

"The character of Joey is actually based on an actor we know but he doesn't know it is. He would moan and say things like 'I can't believe I have frown marks'. And he was only 23-years-old when he said that. That is where we got our inspiration from.

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