STOLEN YOUTH Brings Success to Leon Chambers

Leon Chambers at the Canary Wharf Film Festival

Leon Chambers at the Canary Wharf Film Festival © Third Light Films

Leon Chambers has directed five short films to date through his production company Third Light Films, which is based in West Kent. Their award winning short, Stolen Youth, focuses on a destructive young lad who wrecks havoc on a small village whilst its residents are enjoying their Sunday lunch. In a twist of fate the boy discovers a startling secret that changes everything.

The cast includes the debut of Perry Spencer as the young lad and Simon Poland who was recently seen in Children of Men and United 93.

Being shot on a small budget it made sense to make it as local as possible, so the film was shot entirely on location in the village of Marden. Even the local pub landlord makes an appearance. To enhance the dark nature of the film subject, Leon and Tim Sidell the Director of Photography decided to make the film in the winter months.

The vast majority of the scenes were filmed on one long take making editing the film a challenge for Leon. However, he soon embraced the style and the final outcome has been welcomed at festivals across the world including Raindance and the California Independent Film Festival.

On Sunday 8th February “Stolen Youth” picked up another award! It won Best Foreign Film at the Canada International Film Festival in Vancouver. Which brings the film to three wins, one nomination, and twenty-six Official Selections!

The Kent Film Office would like to extend its congratulations to Leon and Third Light Films and wishes them much success in the future.