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Forest plays part in short film

Alex Magill with Andrea Corr, Neil Pearson and PD Blake
(From L-R) Alex Magill, Andrea Corr, Neil Pearson and PD Blake

Irish singer Andrea Corr and actor Neil Pearson star in a powerful short film which has been put together by a man from Gloucestershire.

Producer Alex Magill, from the Forest of Dean, is showing the drama about child abuse on Wednesday, 18 November, 2009 at the Encounters Film Festival in Bristol.

The cast of Pictures has been packed with other foresters, including John Harris from Drybrook who plays Andrea Corr's son in the film and Rebekkah Mitchel who plays a young Andrea Corr.

Other members of the Forest Footlights drama group are extras in the film and Redbrook music producer and former member of T'Pau, Ron Rogers, produced the sound.

Alex, a qualified social worker and a former director of care, dedicated the film to his late sister Sandi Tullett who was a victim of abuse whilst in foster care in Ireland in the 1950s and died earlier this year.

Movie-making dream

He has had plenty of drama in his own life as well. Seven years ago he was diagnosed with a fatal lung disease and decided to sell up and use his time to pursue his movie-making dream.

In 2007 he learned that the diagnosis was wrong and now the dream has come true as he walked down the red carpet in London at the premiere of his own film.

The film, Pictures, is set in a hospital holding room in which a police Inspector (Neil Pearson) questions Donna (Andrea Corr) about her son's disturbing injuries.

As the interview progresses, the film reveals the cold systematic nature of a rare form of child abuse and the psychology behind it, building to a harrowing conclusion.

The film aims to draw attention to child abuse, in particular instances of Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII) often known as Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy (MSbP).

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