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Rugby Filmmaker’s Drama Hits Big Screen

Posted by alex on March 11, 2024

Frederick Szkoda as Matt and Imogen Archer as Amy in All Roads Lead to Home, by Darren Scott.


In the heart of Warwickshire, where the countryside rolls out like a lush green carpet, a local filmmaker’s creation is making waves and warming hearts. Darren Scott, a Rugby-based storyteller, has crafted a cinematic experience that’s as much a love letter to the region as it is a tale of human connection. His award-winning film, “All Roads Lead to Home,” is not just a journey on screen, but a testament to local talent and the power of community.

The film, which has already charmed audiences and critics alike, winning Best Feature Film and Best Local Film at the 2023 Birmingham Film Festival, is now set to captivate even more viewers. The Northampton Film Festival (NFF) has the honour of presenting “All Roads Lead to Home” with the full cinema treatment – surround sound and all – for the very first time.

Warwickshire’s own countryside is not just a backdrop in this film; it’s a character in its own right, with much of the shooting taking place in the picturesque settings of Rugby, Napton, Stratford, Leamington, and Coventry. The final touches were added with a four-day shoot in the scenic landscapes of North Wales.

The film’s soundtrack, a pivotal piece of the storytelling puzzle, resonates with an 80s vibe, thanks to the collaboration between Napton musician Jason Havard and producer John Rivers, known for his work on The Specials’ iconic “Ghost Town”. Recorded at Leamington’s Woodbine Street Studios, the music is a nostalgic nod that complements the film’s emotional depth.

At its core, “All Roads Lead to Home” is a story of Amy and Matt, two songwriters whose shared grief leads them on a path of healing and friendship. It’s a narrative that promises to tug at the heartstrings and offer a sense of solace and camaraderie.

Director Darren Scott is eager for the film’s screening at NFF, seeing it as a fitting addition to the festival’s vibrant selection. But for Midlands moviegoers, this screening holds a special significance – it’s the last opportunity to experience the film locally before it embarks on an international festival tour.

Don’t miss the chance to support local artistry and witness a story that celebrates the very essence of Rugby and its surrounding beauty. “All Roads Lead to Home” screens at the NFF on Saturday, March 16 – a date for the diary of every film enthusiast and proud Warwickshire resident.


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