Auditions for film of Wirral actor's life making leap from book to screen

Auditions for film of Christopher Lee Power's life story take place this weekend

Auditions for film of Christopher Lee Power's life story take place this weekend

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AUDITIONS take place this weekend for parts in a film based on the real-life story of a Wirral-born actor.

The aim of Sunday's event, at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton on Sunday morning, is to cast for Breaking Free: From Street to Stage.

The film is based on Christopher Lee Power's autobiography of the same. 

It charts his tough childhood in Rock Ferry and Birkenhead before moving to Croydon and eventually becoming a professional actor - after having trained at Richmond Drama School and later RADA.

The book - first released in 2009 - is described by Christophers as a detailed account of what it was like on the streets in and around Birkenhead during the 1970s and 1980s.

Christopher, who now lives in Port Sunlight, was a rebel and once hurled a dust bin at one of his teachers.

He struggled with dyslexia, his balance, speech and language, and eventually left school without a qualification.

Christopher's life went from bad to worse and he got caught up in drug taking, alcohol, gang fights, petty theft which led to two three month spells in prison - before eventually moving up to London and turning his life around with acting.

The book was recently re-printed and re-released and Christopher decided the time is now right to turn his book into a film.

He said: "The film is scheduled to be shot in Wirral in a few months' time.

"It will document my life as a toddler through my teenage years and up until almost my 40th birthday. It’s an exciting project and is promoting a significant amount of partnership and community work and encouraging social cohesion.

"Our team really looks forward to putting Wirral on the map and show what good home grown acting talent we have here on our doorstep.

"I urge people to come along early on Sunday morning - it’s going to be a fun event!"

Christopher has set up The Power Foundation - where a percentage of all profits made from the film will be ploughed back and invested in youngsters so they are able to go to college and study acting.

There are almost 40 parts up for grabs for the Breaking Free film.

However, for those who do not make the cut, there is an opportunity for one small part to be won by buying the winning raffle ticket either online at: www.luminofilms.co.uk/projects or on the open casting day.

Sunday's auditions take place from 9am-1pm.

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