Spooks star films in city

David Oyelowo, who stars in the new film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, out at cinemas next month, began filming the short film Rahab - based on the Biblical story of Jericho - at The Sheffield College last week.

David Oyelowo, who stars in the new film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, out at cinemas next month, began filming the short film Rahab - based on the Biblical story of Jericho - at The Sheffield College last week.

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SPOOKS star David Oyelowo broke cover to star in a film scripted by a Sheffield College lecturer - who won a national contest designed to find top young talent.

David, who played Danny Hunter in the hit BBC1 series and who will be seen in Hollywood epic Rise of the Planet of the Apes next month, filmed for five days at Norton College.

He agreed to appear in the short film Rahab after judging the final of the Enter The Pitch film competition at Pinewood Studios earlier this year, which was won by video lecturer Rob McClellan.

David, whose credits include The Last King of Scotland, also shot sequences at the Magna Science Adventure Centre and on location in the Peak District.

Rob’s script was based on the Biblical story of Jericho, and David was keen to play the leading role of Cen, the city’s ruler.

David said: “As an actor who has benefited hugely from the encouragement and belief of others in my ability, I always look for opportunities to do likewise for up and coming talent.

“Enter the Pitch is an amazing initiative for developing and nurturing future film talent.

“For me to be involved was a no-brainer.”

Rob said Rahab was the story of a prostitute from the city of Jericho, who saves the lives of two Jewish spies and is, in turn, saved by them.

He said: “I am ecstatic about the opportunity to be making a professional film in our community but for an international audience.

“It is an excellent opportunity for local film professionals and students to be involved.”

Although the story comes from the Old Testament, Rob, who directs the film, has chosen to set it in the future.

He added: “This is a Biblical story for a modern age - these are historic events taking place in an alternate reality.

“Through the story of Rahab we encounter timeless issues of choice and the consequences of our actions and of love.”

Norton College principal Andrew Cropley said: “It is fantastic that one of our many talented staff is attracting international recognition and reaching such a wide audience.

“The college has a strong reputation for creative courses including media, design, journalism and performing arts.

“We are fortunate having the facilities to accommodate the filming in the college television studio and theatre, and are delighted that this opportunity is enhancing the experience of our students by involving them in the production process, from playing extras to helping support the film crew.