Colne actress honoured at American film festival

charis deighton
charis deighton

A COLNE actress has Hollywood in her sights after scooping a gold award at an American film festival.

Charis Deighton (23) attended the Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival last week with others stars from her latest film “Re-Evolution”.

The film has been produced by the British Youth Film Academy and features well-known actor Brian Blessed who is famous for his Shakespearean roles and his part in popular television show Z Cars.

Re-Evolution was chosen from more than 4,000 films to be screened at the festival and beat off stiff competition from 22 other films to walk away with the with the top award, the Gold Remi.

Charis, who has in the past appeared with Colne Dramatic Society and Pendle Youth Theatre, played the lead role in film which explores society’s fears about the youth of today.

Charis plays Dana Finney, an anti-social youngster who is sent to a revolutionary school to correct her behaviour. The film explores the methods used by the school and whether they go a step too far.

Charis’ mum Karen, of Ellesmere Avenue, said: “Attending the festival was a wonderful experience for Charis, it was great for her to meet people and get her name out there.

“There were directors there from all over the world. On the final day she sat next to Randal Kleiser, who directed Grease, and he took her details so we are hoping that may lead to something.”

The future is looking bright for the former Park high School who has in the past picked up the Howard Rigg Leader Times Stage Award.

She plans to continue promoting Re-Evolution over the next few months, which will be screened during the prestigious Cannes Film Festival next month.

Re-Evolution will be shown in the Marché du Film where lesser known films are played in order to raise their profile.

Karen said: “Everything is going really well for Charis, she really enjoyed making the film and working with such talented actors.

“She has also just signed with a new agency in London so that’s promising. We are really proud of her and everything she has achieved.”