Movie magic as filmmakers shine light on Leeds busking scene

PCITURE THIS: Brothers Peter and Mark Trifunovic direct a scene from their film.

PCITURE THIS: Brothers Peter and Mark Trifunovic direct a scene from their film.

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TWO LEEDS filmmakers are proving you don’t need a big Hollywood budget to make a movie worthy of the silver screen.

Brothers Peter and Mark Trifunovic from north Leeds have seen their first ever feature film hit the big screen after a sold-out premiere at Hyde Park Picture House.

Now the pair hopes to take indie-comedy Busking Turf Wars to a wider audience by crowdfunding a tour of the global festival circuit.

Producer Mark, from Roundhay, said: “We set out with the money we had in our pockets so to see it being shown to a cinema full of people was absolutely incredible.

“When the credits rolled at the end, we heard this big roar from the crowd and they were clapping and cheering.

“To get that kind of response was amazing.”

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The film aims to shine a spotlight on the Leeds busking community and tells the story of fictional character Steven Lockmoore.

It was shot with a crew of less than 10 filmmakers over 15 days at iconic locations in the city centre from The Corn Exchange to Briggate.

Speaking about the inspiration for the film, Mark, 30, added: “I grew up in Leeds and the busking scene is really vibrant.

“You can’t walk up Briggate without having your head turned left and right by buskers along the way.

“Being from Leeds, we’re passionate about doing something that felt close to home.

“We are very proud of the film we’ve made and are realistic about what we can expect – we’re not going to Cannes with it but we do want to submit it to film festivals in places like Boston, New York, Toronto and San Francisco.

“We’re looking to raise about £1,500 which will pay for the launch and film festival submissions.

“The exposure you get from those would be great.”

All of the music featured in the film is by West Yorkshire bands and artists including Wakefield’s own JonnytheFirth.

To donate or to find out more, visit www.buskingturfwars.com.

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