Local actors to star in new sci-fi films

Three teenage actors from East Yorkshire have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to star in a groundbreaking series of films, as part of an interactive art project led by Blast Theory.

Roxy Waite and Alice Malley from Hornsea and Olivia Wilkinson from Skidby will work with Blast Theory and Oscar nominated local film production company Bridge Way Films to create a series of new sci-fi films, as part of Blast Theory’s ambitious 2097: We Made Ourselves Over.

Directed by Blast Theory’s Matt Adams and produced by Bridge Way Films, the films will be shot on location in Hull and in Aarhus, Denmark, with filming due to start in July. The final films will include state-of-the-art visual effects and will be screened publicly in Hull, in Aarhus and online later in the year.

Alice Malley says: “I am in utter shock and disbelief that I got offered this role and I’m really looking forward to working with such a great team of people.”

The budding actors will play the lead roles of Hessa, Vidhya and Catreus; three young women living in the hybrid city of Aarhull in 2097. As leaders of the city, they take the fateful decision to demolish it and rebuild for a fairer society.

Olivia Wilkinson added: “I played Bagheera from The Jungle Book in Year 5 thinking that was the best opportunity I would ever get!

“I am looking forward to shooting the films as this is a next level opportunity to have a role within film. It doesn’t just strengthen my abilities in acting but also behind the camera too. I never thought this would happen as I am just a girl from a small city that doesn’t hold many opportunities like this so I feel very lucky.”

2097: We Made Ourselves Over is a jointly-commissioned project for Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture. The project asks the people of Hull and Aarhus to imagine their cities 80 years from now, starting last autumn with a series of filmed interviews with ‘future experts’; interviewees include specialists studying climate change, technology and economics, all reflecting on the opportunities and challenges that Aarhus and Hull face in the future.

Martin Green, Director of Hull 2017, said:

“City of Culture isn’t just about bringing award-winning performers to the city but also nurturing talent that is already here and providing a stage to showcase that talent. Not only will Roxy, Alice and Olivia have the opportunity to work with some of the most highly regarded people in the industry but they’ll get to experience culture in another country and have their skills recognised on a global scale.”

A series of free live events will unite the online and offline aspects of this year-long project, with more details due to be announced in the summer.

To find out more information about 2097: We Made Ourselves Over and to watch all of the future expert interviews so far, head to