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'Home movie' shows at Cannes
Tom Mitchelson and Polly Frame starred in the remake of the Cary Grant film
Tom Mitchelson and Polly Frame in the remake of the Cary Grant film
A film shot in west Wales which began life as a home movie by a pensioner and his friend, is to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

The idea for Duplicity - a £1m remake of the1963 romantic comedy Charade starring Cary Grant - was hatched over a couple of bottles of wine and filmed in Milford Haven in August 2002.

The men behind it - former factory worker Rodney Maile, 69, and his friend Jack Cornish, 60 - will now join film stars on the red carpet.

The pair dreamed up the production to escape from the usual screen diet of "sex, blood and horror".

"Jack and I came to the conclusion that there is too much violence," Mr Maile told the BBC Wales news website.

"We didn't want to see it all the time - and we didn't think the grandmother with two children wanted to either.

"We wanted something more sophisticated."

At the end of the day it was decided that Cannes was the right place - and we're absolutely delighted,
Rodney Maile

So Mr Maile, from Milford Haven, and his friend - an ex-journalist from Westcliff-on-sea in Essex - came up with the idea of a remake of the Cary Grant classic while having a drink together.

"We'd been making a home video and when we finished it we opened a couple of bottles of wine and got on to the subject of films, Mr Maile said.

"We thought there was a need for films that aren't full of sex, blood and horror."

"Jack noticed that the original's copyright had run out, and he said we could make a remake - so that's what we did."

Mr Maile, who had tried to break into the world of films in the past, was originally the "financial person" behind the project, providing the backing of "nearly £1m".

The pair had planned to make a home movie with a budget of £20,000.

But their plans got bigger and they managed to persuade Oscar-nominated editor Kant Pan, who worked on the Crying Game, and a Bafta-winning director of photography to come on board.

Milford Haven harbour
The film was shot in and around Milford Haven in August 2002

As well as starring heartthrob Grant, the original also had big names like Walter Matthau and Audrey Hepburn.

An eight-strong cast of "not so well-known" actors shot the film in various locations around the Milford Haven, including the Nelson Hotel.

The 77-minute movie had its first showing in London's Soho last March and they had hoped it would get into Cannes last year but money "was very tight" , said Mr Maile.

"At the end of the day it was decided that Cannes was the right place for its premiere - and we're absolutely delighted," he added.

The pair hope the film will win a major distributor for Duplicity, but more productions for their company Galleon Films are already set to follow.

Interiors for a historical drama called Liberty are due to be shot in November, and a Bollywood actress is almost signed up for a romantic comedy called Her Bi££ion$ which should be produced next summer.

Meanwhile, they are off to the south of France for the showing next week and the opportunity to brush shoulders with the rich and famous.

"We might treat ourselves to a couple of lobster lunches as well," said Mr Maile.

The premiere of Duplicity will be on Thursday 20 May in the heart of the Cannes Festival, the Palais.

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