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TRUE TALE: Radlett author shoots first feature film based on his life story

 Published on: 31st December 2022   |   By: Megan Milstead   |   Category: Uncategorized

An author from Radlett has shot his first feature film, a true story based on his life.

Cookster: The Darkest Days tells the story of a dyslexic teenager who becomes a drug dealer and struggles to battle his addiction.

At the same time, he is in debt to a gangster and a rival is threatening to ruin his life, which damages the relationship with the woman he loves and the daughter he never knew.

Jason Cook wrote, co-directed and co-produced the film, which is based on his book and was shot in Radlett, Elstree and Borehamwood.

Filming locations included Scrubbitts Square, The Hertsmere golf course and Parkside Community Primary School.

Jason said: “I feel happy that we could use local people. Also, it was a long time coming – more than seven years – to finally be blessed with the right investors.

“Overall, I’m excited. Of course, I want it to do well so we can go on to make the other books [into films] and also give more jobs in the local area.”

Coronation Street star Tracy Shaw and Harry Potter actor Nick Moran star in the movie, while Craige Middleburg, who appeared in The Batman, plays the older version of Jason. Many local people were involved in the filming.

Jason’s books are available in WHSmith Borehamwood, Mill Hill, Barnet and St Albans.

The release date for the film has yet to be announced.

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