Fairytale role for actress in award-winning horror film, The Gamekeeper
After appearing in The Gamekeeper, an actress who has never been to drama school is hoping a career on the silver screen beckons following the popularity of the movie which has already won the Audience Award at the London Digital Film Festival.
Lindsey Maughan plays Sally in the independent film which tells the dark tale about a rogue soldier who has stolen a military secret from an army base in Afghanistan and who is lying low back home until teenage trespassers turn him from gamekeeper to killer.
Lindsey, from Middlesbrough, was a keen dancer as a child and eager to become a performer but was encouraged by her family to try and get a more stable job.
“When it came to choosing my career options I told my parents I wanted to go to stage school but they told me that was not going to be easy so I should be realistic and have a back up plan.“I didn’t come from a well off family and they couldn’t afford to send me to drama school so I enrolled on a health and social care course but I never gave up the dream of becoming an actress.”
Her dad spotted an advert for extras wanted by radio station TFM and when she got onto the set she realised once and for all that this was what she wanted to do.
She explained: “After working on the ‘Graham Mack in the Morning’ commercial in 2007 I decided I really wanted to seriously get into acting so I attended Teesside University Performing Arts course later that year, however I had to drop out after only a few months as I was also working full time so literally had no days off and it just wasn’t working as I couldn’t give it 100 per cent.
“I was upset as I thought I’d have to give up. I attended a few auditions but then that’s when I met another actor in the beginning of 2013 and got a role in the film short ‘Before the End’ before landing parts in feature films ‘The Gamekeeper’ and ‘Electricity’ the year after.”
She said the character of Sally in her latest role was a selfish girl who didn’t care much about other people and just want to hang out and get drunk with her friends.
The Gamekeeper, starring Jimmy Hagri, has had interest from a distribution company in America and has been selected for the prestigious LA Cinefest, the Indie Film Festival and the international All Seas Film Festival.
It was written, directed and co-produced by Peter Kane, of Newcastle-based film production company Wandering Kane Productions and was shot entirely in the North-East using a fully local cast and crew.
Peter said: “The Gamekeeper, now in the editing phase, is a film that promises to deliver a blockbuster horror experience without the Hollywood price tag.
“Lindsey has a small but integral role in The Gamekeeper and she gave her all to the role of Sally. I originally cast her due to her portrayal of Claire in my short film, Before the End, and knew she’d nail this role.
“She is one of a number of people in the North-East working hard to get bigger roles and deserves a shot at one.”
Lindsey, 28, who was last cast as a scene of crime officer in the the ITV hit detective drama, Vera, is now being managed by June Scott From Expedite Talent Agency.
She added: “I am so excited about the fantastic reaction the film is getting. It has made me more determined than ever to succeed. If you do something you love you never work a day in your life.”
For more information about The Gamekeeper visit www.wanderingkane.co.uk