Haverhill actor’s work to feature at Cambridge Film Festival

Charlie MacGechan as the poet in the short film, Search for Inspiration Gone, which shows at the Cambridge Film Festival on September 26th

Charlie MacGechan as the poet in the short film, Search for Inspiration Gone, which shows at the Cambridge Film Festival on September 26th

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A short film starring up and coming Haverhill actor Charlie MacGechan will be shown at the Cambridge Film Festival on Thursday, September 26.

The nine minute film Search for Inspiration Gone - directed and written by Ashly Briggs - will be screened at 10.45pm as part of Nostalgia (Short Fusion) - a collection of short films selected from thousands of entries from across the world.

The film tells of a poet (played by Charlie) who awakens within a strange garden in search of his notebook, pencil and inspiration.

A divine couple, breakfasting, observe and a debate unfolds. Would inspiration arise from help, or hinder and will the poet find his inspiration.

For Charlie, who is now London-based but who learned his early acting skills with the Centre Stage Company, the appearance is a first.

He said: “It’s the first one I’ve had at Cambridge Film Festival.

“I might have had one when I was a kid but it’s the first one I’ve had of any note.”

The film has been shown at festival across the world and won Best Experimental Film at both the Open Cinema International Short and Animation Film Festival in St Petersburg, Russia and at the Mediawave Festival in Hungary.

Charlie, who first appeared on stage in Haverhill aged two, has had numerous roles since graduating from Guildford School of Acting, including a central part in the film Brash Young Turks, which is now in post-production.

Charlie will be visiting schools in Haverhill in early October to promote the return of an acting course that he has twice run successfully - once in Haverhill and once in Bury St Edmunds.

The courses ran in the summer of 2012 and then last April and are dedicated to the memory of his mum, Frances MacGechan, who ran a drama school in Haverhill until she died shortly after Charlie, then 18, enrolled at Guildford School of Acting.

The acting school is called Run at it Shouting and Charlie is putting together plans to hold it once more over the course of one week before Christmas, although no date is confirmed yet.

To promote the school Charlie will be visiting Samuel Ward Academy, Castle Manor Academy, West Suffolk College and the Theatre Royal in Bury, with other destinations likely to be arranged, in early October.