A SEDGLEY-based filmmaker has created a unique animated version of a classic fairy tale which is now on general release.
Matt Hickinbottom is the writer/director of ‘Emily – The Little Match Girl’ which he adapted from the original and much-loved fairy tale by Hans Christen Andersen.
It premiered in the IMAX at Resorts World NEC on Sunday, November 28 before going on general release the following day.
Emily – The Little Match Girl Released in General Stream
The film features the voices of movie stars David Bradley (Harry Potter/Game of Thrones) and Lesley Joseph (Birds of a Feather) as well as Deb Nicholls and Sue Hawkins of Black Country comedy group The Fizzogs.
The idea for the film was born when Matt was still a student and came across the fairy tale book.
He said: “A book fell off the library shelf and I saw this picture of a girl striking a match. I flipped through it and all of a sudden these pictures and this story jumped off the page. towards me.
“It was telling of all that magic that was happening to him in what little life he had left.”
Matt wasn’t a trained pianist, but while sitting at the piano in his family home, he wrote a song called “If I Could Wish Upon A Star” which now features in the film.
It wasn’t until the height of the pandemic that Matt decided to put his movie idea into production.
Matt, who has worked on projects for Walt Disney, Sony and other television and film companies during his career, said: “We had a lot of people close to us and I thought if I didn’t wasn’t going to do anything with it now it’s never gonna happen.
“So between Christmas 2020 and New Years I made the decision that nothing was going to stop me from making this movie. I used an amazing 3D animation maker called iClone and I’m thrilled with the result.
The film’s music is available on CD or for download.