27 Apr Southend action flick ‘The Liberator’ gets online release
A feature film made in and around South Essex and that has won multiple prizes in Hollywood is set for release tomorrow!
‘The Liberator‘, an action movie by debut director Ben Lettieri, which filmed in Southend locations including The Railway Hotel, Southend Central Museum and Ocean Beach bar, as well as Wat Tyler Country park and other South Essex locations is being released via Amazon.
The film played to a packed house when it premiered at Southend’s annual Film Festival, and after a small run at other film festivals will now be released to the public to stream or download, with a DVD to follow.
The film follows ex special forces soldier Ben Silver [Ben Lettieri] who has just a few hours to help feisty reformed cat-burglar Melinda Page [Jessica Bayly] retrieve an invaluable vase from gangster Harry Miller [Daniel Jordan] and his cronies. Actor & Director Ben Lettieri, who is also an accomplished martial artist, recruited a talented cast including local Southend Shakespeare Company actor Keith Chanter who plays Ben’s mentor Nigel, as well as an array of international martial artists, including French action man Wilfried Tah and Leed’s based stunt group SG Action. The result is a film that won a host of awards, including a Silver Award for Best Action Sequence, at the celebrated annual Action on Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Lettieri, who along with Producer David Freedman, run production company Improvise Films and both grew-up in Southend, is tremendously excited about his debut film being released.
Lettieri told us “This film was a struggle to get made and I had to fight for nearly 5 years with just a very small budget to reach this day. I feel incredibly proud and fortunate for the support of the local community, including the abundance of talented actors, performers and film-makers in Essex, who have helped me create this exciting action-packed film and bring it to the screen.”