Director has his eye on the film world

"YOU lookin' at me?"Those immortal words once uttered by Robert De Niro in the classic film Taxi Driver could be spoken by an aspiring East Anglian film director to the legendary actor himself.

"YOU lookin' at me?"

Those immortal words once uttered by Robert De Niro in the classic film Taxi Driver could be spoken by an aspiring East Anglian film director to the legendary actor himself.

Andrew Hill's first full-length feature film 3 Days is soon to be premiered in at Canada House in London's Trafalgar Square.

The film will then tour the European and American film festivals and one crucial stop on the circuit will be at New York's Tribeca Film Festival, which was set up by De Niro.


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Mr Hill, 39, of Newman's Green, near Sudbury, hopes the film will be a springboard to a glittering career.

He said: "The film will be shown is at the Tribeca Film Festival, which was set up by De Niro to help regenerate and poor district of New York. It is a big festival and will be a good place to show my work. This is my first feature film and I am hoping it will be picked up by distributors for cinema and DVD release."

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The film is set in London, and is described as fast, funny, seductive and unconventional.

It tells the story of a man who finds a tourist's journal in a telephone box and inside he finds a photograph of himself. This leaves the man confused as the picture has not even been taken yet.

The plot unfolds to tell a story of chance, coincidence and fate, played out by a colourful cast of characters including a kebab boy, question mark woman and blind date man.

Mr Hill said: "Although this is not aimed at being a blockbuster, it is an off-beat main stream film that is very accessible. It has a good young cast, an excellent sound track and stunning visuals.

"I am using this film to showcase my work and the people I work with. I hope it will help get my other scripts into production. One day I want to be producing main stream films for nationwide cinema release."

Mr Hill set up his own film company, Dinner for Dead Heroes, in 2000, and has spent the past three years writing, directing and producing 3 Days, which will be screened for the first time on March 16.

One of the highlights of the film is its soundtrack, says the director. Its flagship track is a radical re-mix of Peter Sarstedt's Where Do You Go to My Lovely, originally released in 1969 and reaching the number one spot in fourteen countries.

The singer/songwriter agreed to join up with re-mixer Minotaur Shock to record the new up-beat version. Mr Hill is confident the track will be picked-up by the leading record labels and could again become a number one hit.

"I put the song into the original script but couldn't get the rights from EMI, so I asked Peter Sarstedt to do a new version and he agreed. I am hoping a record label or private investor will now come forward to fund the record and make it a hit again. I am sure it could go to number one."

Mr Hill gave up his career as an architect in 1993 to train at the prestigious National Film School. After his studies he worked on a number of pop promotions and advertisements, working with stars such as Annie Lennox, Neneh Cherry and Billy Connolly.

He then went on to become a freelance director, producing short films and features for Channel Four, including The Low Down and Without Walls.

His short films trilogy, a detective mystery entitled Hidden Presents, was recently honoured at the Sheffield Film festival.

Although the director wants to be recognised as a filmmaker he insists he insists he will never head for Hollywood.

"I want to make accessible films that have personal meaning to me. I have absolutely no interest in the Hollywood machine," he added.

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