More awards for Ren!

More awards for Ren!

Kate’s just arrived back from a week in northern Spain having attended the Bilbao Web Fest where Ren won another three awards.   If you haven’t see Ren yet and want to read more about this latest leg of the Ren tour please visit the website of Ren: The Girl with the...

A Filmmaker’s Journey: Interview with Kate Madison – Festival in the Shire Journal

A Filmmaker’s Journey: Interview with Kate Madison by Colin Duriez, Festival in the Shire Journal “When I was looking for a story to do I found those few paragraphs and the idea of a film about Aragorn’s parents and where he came from seemed a great idea. Aragorn is such an important character in The Lord of the Rings but we know hardly anything about him until he turns up in The Prancing Pony in The Fellowship of the Ring.” As an actor and filmmaker, Kate Madison is mostly known for directing, producing and acting in her Lord of the Rings prequel, Born of Hope, released on the internet in December 2009. In 2003 Kate set up Actors at Work Productions as a banner for various creative projects linked mostly to Stage and Film work. Kate directed her first narrative film in 2005, a short called “Into the Darkness”. Born of Hope is reviewed in this issue. Kate was interviewed by Colin Duriez for Festival in the Shire...

Kate Madison – Born of Hope Interview by Abz, The Jitty

Kate Madison – Born of Hope Interview by Abz, The Jitty 27 April 2010 Born of Hope. What is that I hear you ask? Well, allow me to enlighten you. Long ago in a country far away a cinematic version of Lord of the Rings was filmed by a little know man called Peter Jackson. Now with news of The Hobbit soon being in all cinemas near you Born of Hope has crashed its way into the wonderful world of Middle Earth films. Directed, produced, production managed, location scouted and prop & costume managed by the wonderful wizard Kate Madison, Born of Hope is a big time film with a small time budget that introduces us to the life of Aragorn’s people before the power of the dark lord Sauron became overwhelming however throughout this mini epic his power is steadily...

Born of Hope – and a lot of Charity – The Guardian

Here is the article from the Guardian but if you want to see the original please follow the link.  Born of Hope – and a lot of Charity by Tom Lamont, The Guardian – 7 March 2010 On the eastern flank of Epping Forest, a short walk in from the town of Debden, there is a huge tree, lying on its side, upended by a storm. It was in this clearing that independent film-maker Kate Madison, along with dozens of game volunteers, filmed Born of Hope, a homemade prequel to Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy that has caused a great stir since its release in December. A production pulled together over four years with a budget of a mere £25,000 – about a tenth of one per cent of the cost of Jackson’s epic – it has impressed critics and recorded close to a million views on video streaming sites. The upended tree seems a fitting place for it all to have begun. Born of Hope tells the story of Arathorn, the father of Viggo Mortensen’s character in the Hollywood films. There’s the odd crude moment (a lady, just about visible in the background of a love scene, walking her dog through the trees); and this time Middle Earth is represented by oft-drizzly Essex, not the luscious Ruapehu district of New Zealand. But Madison’s film makes an entirely plausible, if unofficial, addition to the franchise. There are epic battle sequences, pitting man and elf against orc and troll; there are stirring original orchestral scores; there are special effects; horses; severed heads; even a thrilling glimpse of the...

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...