Third Star

  1. James invites his three closest friends to join him on a camping trip to West Wales, a journey that tests their strength, their friendship, and their belief in what makes life worth living.
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  1. Hattie Dalton
  1. Vaughan Sivell
  1. Tom Burke
  2. Benedict Cumberbatch
  3. Hugh Bonneville

James has terminal cancer and wants to make the most of this life. He invites his three closest friends to join him on a camping trip to West Wales. With no other skills for the outdoor life, except making tea, the journey will test their strength, their friendship, and their belief in what makes life worth living. With a quartet of excellent performances from the UK’s finest young actors, this is a moving, pertinent and unpredictable film, and a fantastic showcase of new and promising British film talent.

Benedict Cumberbatch, James Cumberbatch is a rising star of stage and screen, whose film credits include the Oscar winning Atonement, The Other Boleyn Girl, Creation, Starter for Ten, Amazing Grace and Four Lions. He is currently filming War Horse for Steven Spielberg and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for Working Title. Benedict’s TV work includes BAFTA nominations for his much-lauded role of Stephen Hawking, BBC drama Small Island, BBC’s To the Ends of the Earth for which he won Best Actor Monte Carlo Television Festival – Golden Nymph Award, The Last Enemy for BBC1, Stuart: A Life Backwards for BBC/HBO and Sherlock Holmes in the title role for the BBC. His stage roles have garnered wide acclaim including Rhinoceros and The Arsonists at the Royal Court and Hedda Gabler at the Almeida and West End, for which he was Olivier nominated.  Currently, he can be seen at the National Theatre starring alongside Johnny Lee Miller in Danny Boyle’s ‘Frankenstein’ which has won rave reviews.

JJ Field, Miles JJ’s broad range of work has taken him from jumping off submarines in K19: The Widowmaker opposite Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson, to an avant garde trilogy the Tulse Luper Suitcases with director Peter Greenaway, to costume dramas and adaptations of Philip Pullman novels The Ruby in the Smoke and the Shadow in the North.  More recently JJ has had standout performances in Neil Marshall’s Roman thriller Centurion, and the classic Joe Meek story, Telstar.

Hattie Dalton, Director Third Star is Hattie’s debut feature film, following her BAFTA winning short from 2005, The Banker, starring Michael Sheen. The film was an international success and gained recognition in more than 50 film festivals worldwide.  She further developed her craft as an assistant editor on films such as Matthew Vaughan’s Layer Cake, Damien O’Donnell’s Heartlands and Stephen Woolley’s directorial debut Stoned.  She was selected to work alongside Sir Richard Eyre on the Academy Award nominated Notes on a Scandal, as part of a mentor scheme. In 2008 she directed short film One of Those Days for BBC Films, written by Mark Burton (Wallace and Gromit).  It screened at festivals around the world and won best short film at Sitges Film Festival 2009. She is currently developing a comedy feature called Little Red Car, written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Casino Royale, Quantam of Solace) and an Australian comedy drama, Lamington, which is in development with Screen Australia.

Vaughan Sivell, Writer/Producer Hailing from Wales, Vaughan started out as an actor and moved into producing and writing. The screenplay for Third Star was highly regarded in the industry and made the Brit List of 2008. Vaughan is currently developing Catapult Hill and an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ The Corsican Brothers.