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Aberystwyth film-maker to produce 5m movie
Phil Moran
Phil Moran moved to Aberystywth to study Physics in 1991

An Aberystwyth film-maker has moved into the big time by producing a film about the love life of war poet Robert Graves starring Orlando Bloom.

Phil Moran is one of the producers of The Laureate, a £5m movie that will be shot in Britain and Ireland later this year.

The film will also star Imogen Poots, who starred in the remake of Bouquet of Barbed Wire, and Kerry Condon.

The Laureate is due to be released in 2012.

My dream has always been to direct a feature film myself and I hope the contacts I make in making The Laureate will be useful when I try to raise money to make my own films
Phil Moran

Mr Moran, who is head of Aberystywth-based Ffab Productions, said he had got involved with the film through its director, William Nunez, who was looking for a British-based producer for the project.

"I had made contact with William Nunez a few years ago when he was looking to film in Wales," said Mr Moran.

"I was delighted when William approached me to be one of the producers of The Laureate.

"My work will involve setting up locations for shooting the film in Dublin, London and the North East of England."

Irish poet

The movie is now being represented at the Berlin Film festival, where the project's production company are meeting financiers to secure the £5m budget to make the film.

Set in the 1920s, The Laureate is based on the true story of poet and author Robert Graves' relationship with his wife, Nancy, and Laura Riding, a writer from America.

Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom's credits include playing Legolas in Lord of The Rings

Defying the conventions of society at the time, Riding moves in with Graves and his wife living as a ménage à trois.

Mr Moran said: "With the arrival Irish poet Geoffrey Phibbs, the arrangement becomes a menage a quatre.

"But soon tensions and rivalries become so fraught that Riding tries to commit suicide and Graves is suspected for attempted murder."

Mr Moran has lived in Ceredigion for the last 20 years after moving to the seaside town to study physics at Aberystwyth University.


He decided to develop a career as a film-maker after completing a doctorate.

"I borrowed my mum's camcorder and started making films for the physics department and other businesses in the area before setting up Ffab productions in 2003," he said.

Robert Graves
Robert Graves published I Claudius in 1934

The company employs four people and recently branched out from making corporate films to co-produce a low-budget New Zealand film set during World War II.

Ffab Productions was also recently awarded funding by the Austrian capital city of Vienna to shoot a short film which will be submitted for competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

"Apart from working on The Laureate the next stage in our development will be making 3D films," said Mr Moran.

"My dream has always been to direct a feature film myself and I hope the contacts I make in making The Laureate will be useful when I try to raise money to make my own films."

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