Documentary and film could be made about Victor Hugo


One of its team, Jennifer Friend, has been in the island recently talking to the Victor Hugo Society and meeting others who might be able to help in the production.

Mrs Friend is from Guernsey and she and her husband Ian moved to Australia with their family in 1998.

When her daughter Hannah started taking part in musicals Mrs Friend also got involved, and was so enthusiastic that she ended up going to the West Australian Performing Arts Academy, where she later graduated from a course in production and stage management.

She has gone on to work on many professional shows and a TV series and has been script supervisor (continuity) on several films.

Mrs Friend is now working with film producer Tania Chambers of Feisty Dame Productions.

After stage-managing a successful production of Les Miserables in Perth, Mrs Friend said she became interested in Victor Hugo and his connection to Guernsey.

She told Ms Chambers about Hugo and she was keen on the idea. As Mrs Friend was visiting family in Guernsey, she felt it was the ideal time to meet those who might be interested in seeing a documentary about Hugo’s life.

She said that there might also be a feature film made in the future.

By coincidence, she had met local tour guide Kelvin Seeds during his visit to Perth last year and on her recent trip Mr Seeds took her and her husband on a Victor Hugo walk that he had developed.

‘There’s lots to find out about Hugo,’ said Mrs Friend.

‘I’m gathering all this information and then we are going to see what story we can get out of it and then get financing.’

She also met Victor Hugo Society president Dinah Bott and secretary Roy Bisson, who were excited to hear her ideas.

‘The society is delighted to hear that Jenny and her colleagues would like to make a film about Victor Hugo,’ said Mr Bisson.

‘Whether that be a documentary or a feature film, the society would be only too happy to assist in any way it can.

‘Obviously, finance is always a problem, and the society would encourage those islanders who can to consider investing in such a project.’

He said members were enthusiastic about the project, and the proposed feature film based on Hugo’s novel Toilers of The Sea: ‘We wish them every success,’ he said.

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