It?s all very mysterious. Western Park based poet and film maker Mark Cooper has been dragged into a 70's Twilight Zone. Read on...
Beer mats have appeared in bars in Leicester teasing: 'Want to know how Ray Marlow died in 1979?'. So who was Ray Marlow? We don't know either but we did ask his brother Carl and this was the email we got back:
Back in June 2017 I was approached by a chap called Mark Cooper. I was a bit suspicious at first as he seemed to be claiming he knew my brother Ray, who died many years ago, but it turned out Mark lives in the house Ray used to own. For reasons I still don't fully understand Mark was trying to reconstruct Ray's bedroom as it was in 1979. He seemed enthusiastic to the point of mania so I decided to help.
So who is Ray Marlow? Well he's my younger sibling though I can't say there was much brotherly love. I have no idea why Mark thinks Ray is an appropriate person to make a film about or why anyone might be remotely interested in how he died. Apparently though he got actress, Samantha Hindman down from York to co-star alongside local unknown Kevin Morgan.
I don't know who's playing me, I don't even know if I'm even in it. I stole a glimpse of the script when Mark nipped to the toilet at our final interview. It seemed true to the year albeit with a faint aroma of misanthropy.
I think I'll probably go and see it though, out of interest. I've just realised I've not told you anything about Ray so I guess you?ll just have to go and see the film.
The short film 1979 is showing FREE at Duffy's Bar, Pocklington's Walk, Leicester on Saturday 24th February 2018. Screening starts at 8.00 p.m. prompt with at least three other short films.
If you know what happened to Ray Marlow email in confidence: email@example.com