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Film-maker's festival homecoming
Justin Golding with actress N'Bushe Wright during filming
Justin Golding worked in a children's home as a struggling actor
A Port Talbot-born film-maker is returning to Wales for the premiere of his $750,000 (396,000) movie set in a New York children's home.

Justin Golding wrote and directed God's Forgotten House which will be screened at Cardiff's Film Festival in November.

He was inspired by time spent working in a children's home in London during his early career as a struggling actor.

US-based Golding said his first feature, set in Harlem, tackles child neglect and racial stereotypes.

He started as an actor in the National and West Glamorgan youth theatres, moving to the USA to make films.

He had walk-on parts in shows such as EastEnders and In Sickness and in Health, as well as theatre work, but took the decision in 1992 to cross the Atlantic to try and break into films.

Many festivals approached me wanting the premiere, but I turned them down for Cardiff
Justin Golding

Golding now lives with his American wife and daughter on a farm in Kansas but regularly returns to Wales and completed an MA in creative writing at Trinity College in Carmarthen three years ago.

"I went to America to get as much experience as possible under my belt and to hopefully fulfil my ambition to make movies one day," he said.

"To be able to bring my first feature film home to Wales, and for it to be a world premiere, is quite an emotional experience and a dream come true."

The film, privately funded by American investors, tells the story of the youngsters in the home and their relationship with a wealthy trust fund New Yorker who is ordered by a court to work in the home.

Golding not only wrote and directed but also appears in the film, a la Hitchcock, in a supporting cameo role.

He added: "Many festivals approached me wanting the premiere, but I turned them down for Cardiff.

"I am currently planning my next movie which I hope to shoot on location in Wales, with a Welsh cast."

The film will be show at Cineworld on 15 November. Cardiff Film Festival runs from 8 to 18 November.


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