Early last year, The Gazette interviewed an Anchorsholme actor, who had just been cast as Heathcliff in a new, independent movie of classic novel Wuthering Heights.
A year on, the film is now in post-production, with it due to be released in 2018 - a fitting year as it will mark the author of Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte’s 200th birthday and well as 170 years since her death, aged just 30.
After spending the past year of his life regularly travelling down to Herefordshire by train, in order to film his scenes, Paul Eryk Atlas is now looking forward to leaving the rest of the work to the production team.
He told The Gazette: “The cast have been very involved in the whole process.
“So it’s nice to hand it over and wait to see what it looks like. Hopefully the takes that they use are the takes I actually like!”
Paul graduated from New College Lanarkshire, in Glasgow, with a first class degree in Musical Theatre.
Wuthering Heights is his first real screen-based acting role and he admits that the process has helped him grow massively as an actor.
He said: “I’m a completely different performer than I was a year ago, just being more comfortable with the cameras. I’ve also had intensive horse riding training specifically for the role, which is a skill I can hopefully use again. Even though I was terrified!”
The film is an independent, micro-budget production and is a passion project for the director Nina Elizaveta Abhrahall, with the aim being to be as faithful to the book as is humanly possible.
Last month, the first full-length trailer was released and has currently been viewed by more than 6,300 people on Youtube.
Paul says that the response to the trailer has been overwhelmingly positive.
He added: “The Bronte fans and the Wuthering Heights fans are very excited, especially ones who can already see things marrying up to the book closely.
“There’ll be more trailers released fairly soon for people less familiar with the films and books but it’s definitely been a positive response so far.”
For more information on the film, visit www.facebook.com/wutheringheightsmovie and to watch the trailer, visit youtu.be/PaS_-rBoWjg.