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Young Ashton filmmaker is giving a fairytale a modern twist
Tuesday 26th July 2016 @ 10:09 by Adam Higgins
Ashton News

A young aspiring filmmaker from Ashton is producing an ambitious short film based on her favourite fairytale.

13-year-old Holly Jacobson, who is also making a documentary about being a home educated girl, has been acting for six years and started making her own films at the age of nine.

Her first film ‘Moving On’ received universal acclaim from film festivals across the globe – including the National Youth Film Festival, where it was screened at the world-renowned Leicester Square in London’s West End.

She is currently making her fourth film, undertaking an ambitious project to adapt her own modern version of popular children’s fairytale Hansel and Gretel called Harry & Grace – something she’s always wanted to do.

Holly told the Reporter: “It’s a story I’ve always liked but there’s a problem with it – the woodcutter’s wife is seen as the evil stepmother who wants to kill his two children but for me it should be the evil father so my version will reflect this.

“I’ve already begun filming in locations around Greater Manchester and need to have the scenes in the cottage in the woods shot by the end of August, so if anyone knows of any locations in the area where I could film they can drop me a line.”

Holly has already cast her two lead children from over 600 who applied, and spent two days last week filming with around 70 extras at Christchurch C of E School in Chadderton.

Holly Jacobson directing extras for film

Tameside’s Steven Spielberg of tomorrow: Holly directing some of her extras into position

Her three-week crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, which ended on Tuesday, surpassed its £2,500 target with donations from nine different countries – and Holly has also saved up £2,000 of her own money to help build the film’s main set.

She said: “Every Christmas and birthday since I was nine years old, all I have asked for is money towards this film.

“I love seeing an idea move from page to screen and seeing how it adapts and changes as actors and crew all bring their creative talents to the table.”

Holly – who is also part of the Children’s Chess Club in Oldham and is a young Beavers leader – said she loves working with children and takes inspiration from watching many different films.

“I learn a lot about angles, styles and cinematography from various genres – I’m always going to the cinema,” she added.

But she faces a race against time to finish the film to submit it for the Sundance Film Festival in London on September 26. Although she admits that’s a long shot, Holly hopes it will be coming to a screen near you soon.

You can view some of Holly’s work and keep up-to-date with the film’s progress by visiting her Fancy Pants Films Facebook page or website