THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE BOW BUSINESS; the College Lecturer Who Teaches Archery to Hollywood's A-Listers

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THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE BOW BUSINESS; the College Lecturer Who Teaches Archery to Hollywood's A-Listers


Byline: SIMON GASKELL Reporter simon.gaskell@walesonline.co.uk

HE'S the Welsh lecturer who taught "Moses" to shoot arrows - or at least gave lessons to Christian Bale in his role as the prophet in Hollywood's forthcoming Biblical blockbuster.

Alistair Aston spent most of October on the set of Ridley Scott's Exodus in Almeria, southern Spain, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Haverfordwest-born Bale, Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul and Star Wars actor Joel Edgerton.

And while he has to remain tightlipped on the project - slated for a December 2014 release - he revealed his famous pupils were model professionals.

Alistair, 42, who is a 3D design lecturer at South Wales' Coleg y Cymoedd, said: "My role on the film was archery consultant. I was a coach to the artists.

"All I can really say is they were very professional, a pleasure to work with and really keen to learn and great guys."

As a result of his A-list experience, the longbow expert from Rhiwbina, in Cardiff, is now telling students a career in film and TV is not out of their reach.

In the multi-million-pound film - based on the Biblical story of the children of Israel leaving slavery in Egypt - Bale plays the revered religious leader.

It is not the first time Alistair has been on a film set, having first been a supporting artist on director Scott's 2010 film Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe, much of which was filmed in West Wales.

He even played a small acting part. "On the film I have a line for a millisecond," Alistair said.

"I was there as a background artist, as an archery specialist and had the opportunity to train some of the extras as well.

"From that point on, I got interested and said it was something I wanted to do."

Alistair's expertise in archery - particularly flight shooting - began after he started making bows in his early 30s before going on to compete in national longbow tournaments for many years, once holding the world record in 2007. …

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