The Wilkins Go to Hollywood

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The Wilkins Go to Hollywood


Byline: By SAM BURSON Western Mail

The world's most famous cinema is playing host to a pounds 5,000 film starring a Welsh family. Powerless, which its director hopes can mirror the shoestring success of The Blair Witch Project, is being shown today at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

The former Academy Awards ceremony location has screened the world's biggest premieres over the years.

It is now accommodating the film by former Swansea University student Matt Daniels, which is becoming a cult hit after success at many of this year's film festivals.

Mr Daniels, who is at today's screening with leading man Matt Wilkins, said, 'I've been so busy promoting it, that I really have barely thought about what a big deal it is.

'Now I'm talking about it, the whole thing is pretty amazing.

'To get into the cinema we're walking over those hand prints of all the film stars who have signed their names there over the years.

'It is a huge honour to have our film showing here, and we really didn't see all this happening when we were filming in Pembrokeshire.'

The film has been wowing critics even though Mr Daniels had to persuade his in-laws, who have little acting experience, to star in it.

The drama-thriller stars Matt Wilkins, 23, Bethany, 21, Martha, 18, Hannah, 16, and Samuel, 14.

Matt, 30, who lives with wife Esther in Shropshire, said, 'There's about two GCSEs in drama between everybody, but the acting has been the thing a lot of critics have picked up on.

'Then fact they're brothers and sisters has given it a tension and intensity which we couldn't have got with a bunch of strangers.'

He added, 'They all agreed to do it quite quickly.

'I'm very close to the family, and I've known them for about 10 years. I'm an only child so it's almost like they're my own brothers and sisters.

'They might not have realised at the time how much work it was going to be, but it was mostly good fun.'

The family's mother Sally Jenkins said she was extremely proud of how well her children had done, but played down talk of Hollywood stardom.

She said, 'I'm obviously proud of them, and especially pleased for Matt, [Daniels], who has worked so hard and done really well. …

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