Couple’s film to be shown at world famous festival

CO 090315 Crawley couple's film to be shown at Cannes Film Festival. Lawrence Mallinson and Saranne Bensusan. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150903-191622001
CO 090315 Crawley couple's film to be shown at Cannes Film Festival. Lawrence Mallinson and Saranne Bensusan. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150903-191622001
  • Film will be shown at the Cannes International Film Festival
  • Based on The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll
  • Each second of the stop-frame animation was made up of 15 photo stills
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A Crawley couple’s film will be shown at the Cannes International Film Festival.

The husband and wife hope the screening of their film, The Hunting of the Snark, will lead to it being shown around the world.

“I was given the complete works of Lewis Carroll as a child and still have the set on my book shelf.”

Saranne Bensusan

Saranne Bensusan, 40, and Lawrence Mallison, 38, of Squirrel Close, Langley Green, worked on the film for five years .

Saranne was nervous about how it would be received.

She said: “For me it’s about what other people think about and whether or not people will like it.”

Each second of the stop-frame animation was made up of 15 photo stills.

The couple spent nine hours per day for three years taking photos of character moulds to create it.

The 70 minute film is based on The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll, who wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Each of the film’s eight chapters begins with a narrated excerpt from the children’s classic.

Saranne, who directed and produced it, said: “I was given the complete works of Lewis Carroll as a child and still have the set on my book shelf.

“It’s actually one of my favourites.”

She adapted some of the characters from the poem to make references to contemporary culture including Puss in Boots from Shrek and the banking crisis.

It will be screened at the festival’s film market Marche du Film on May 20.