Director Kate Madison talks about her Lord Of The Rings prequel, Born Of Hope by Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

Director Kate Madison talks about her Lord Of The Rings prequel, Born Of Hope.by Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film The works of JRR Tolkien have long been adored by fantasy fans all over the world, but when Peter Jackson released his trilogy of films based on The Lord Of The Rings, he opened them up to a whole new audience. In that audience was fledgling director Kate Madison, who would go on to develop her own contribution to the cinematic legacy – , a prequel telling the story of the Dunadan, filmed on a shoestring budget but set to make a big impression. Though she had never heard of The Lord Of The Rings before she saw Jackson’s films, Kate had always been a fan of fantasy. She was a zoology student but couldn’t see herself making a career in that area. “I’m not academic enough for PhDs and things,” she says. “But I’m always been involved with amateur dramatics and loved that sort of thing. I was interested in filmmaking but it had always been on the back burner, and there came a point when I realised I had to take that leap. I decided to try and pursue a career in acting and make some...

Lord of The Rings prequel made by a fanatic using her £25,000 life savings scores 500,000 views on the internet by Andrew Levy, Daily Mail

Lord of The Rings prequel made by a fanatic using her £25,000 life savings scores 500,000 views on the internet by Andrew Levy, Daily Mail 12 February 2010 She didn’t have Peter Jackson’s £200million budget, eight years of filming time or the spectacular scenery of New Zealand to work with. But Kate Madison could match his boundless passion – and with it managed to make her own Lord Of The Rings film. The amateur actress was so inspired by the blockbuster Rings trilogy created by Jackson she wrote, directed and produced a prequel based on material from the original JRR Tolkien...

Actress Spends life Savings on Lord of The Rings fans’ film – Cambridge News

Actress Spends life Savings on Lord of The Rings fans’ film – Cambridge News 12 Feb 2010 A CAMBRIDGE actress has spent her life savings creating a prequel to the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Kate Madison is delighted about the release of her film, Born of Hope, which took six years and £25,000 to make. Kate wrote, produced, funded and stars in the film – she even picked up the camera herself when the film crew was short-handed. “I spotted something online in 2003 about a Lord of the Rings convention which was going to do a fan film competition,” explains the 31-year-old. “I’d just watched Lord of the Rings as the Return of the King had come out at that point and it sparked an...

Web movie ‘Born of Hope’ to get fest bow – The Hollywood Reporter

Web movie ‘Born of Hope’ to get fest bow by Stuart Kemp, The Hollywood Reporter Kate Madison’s low budget ‘Lord of The Rings’ prequel LONDON — Upstart movie jamboree the London Independent Film Festival is to give low budget movie, “Born Of Hope,” made by Tolkien fanatic Kate Madison, its U.K. theatrical bow. Madison spent her entire savings and more than six years to produce, direct and star in the one hour movie, billed as a prequel to the “Lord of The Rings” trilogy of films. It has already played out on the Inernet with more than 500,000 viewers to date. Festival director Erich Schultz said the scope and look of Madison’s project “demonstrates everything that’s possible in U.K. indie filmmaking.” The festival runs April 15 through 27 across the British...

‘Lord of the Rings’ fan uses life savings to make prequel movie; ‘Born of Hope’ becomes Web Hit – NY Daily News

NY Daily News ‘Lord of the Rings’ fan uses life savings to make prequel movie; ‘Born of Hope’ becomes Web Hit by Nicole Lyn Pesce The works of JRR Tolkein have long been adored by fantasy fans all over the world, but when Peter Jackson released his trilogy of films based on The Lord Of The Rings, he opened them up to a whole new audience. In that audience was fledgling director Kate Madison, who would go on to develop her own contribution to the cinematic legacy – , a prequel telling the story of the Dunadan, filmed on a shoestring budget but set to make a big impression. Though she had never heard of The Lord Of The Rings before she saw Jackson’s films, Kate had always been a fan of fantasy. She was a zoology student but couldn’t see herself making a career in that area. “I’m not academic enough for PhDs and things,” she says. “But I’m always been involved with amateur dramatics and loved that sort of thing. I was interested in filmmaking but it had always been on the back burner, and there came a point when I realised I had to take that leap. I decided to try and pursue a career in acting and make some...