Amazon jungle movie shot in Rivington wins three top awards - watch it here

A scene from Sophie’s Fortune: The Treasure of Quetzalcoatl

Sophie's Fortune was made on a budget of less than £2,000

Special effects were used for Sophie’s Fortune: The Treasure of Quetzalcoatl

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , entertainment reporter

AN action adventure film which transformed the hills of Rivington into the Amazon jungle has scooped three awards.

Sophie’s Fortune: The Treasure of Quetzalcoatl is now available to watch online for free, with producer Phil Meachem hoping families will enjoy it over the summer holidays.

The 27-minute film, which features jungle landscapes, explosive stunts and cinematic special effects, was made on a budget of less than £2,000 and scooped three awards at the Portsmouth International Film Festival.

Mr Meachem, aged 26, from Westhoughton, said: “The film is now available to watch on the website. It would be a good film for families to watch over the summer holidays — something to keep the kids entertained.”

Sophie’s Fortune was nominated for 10 awards at the film festival and won the Best Comedy, Best Score and Best Visual Effects categories.

Mr Meachem said: “It was a black tie event and it was nice to pick up the awards. We are very pleased with the way it has been received so far.

“The film was designed to help people get into the industry. In doing so, it’s so far, so good. The director is currently working on a bigger project.”

The majority of the independent film was shot on location in Rivington, involving a crew of more than 100 people, including director Chris Cronin.

It follows a father’s treasure hunt at a children’s birthday party where imagination takes over, transforming it into an epic Indiana Jones-style adventure, harking back to fun classic films such as The Goonies and Labyrinth.

Watch the film at sophiesfortune.com

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1:46pm Wed 6 Aug 14

marco999 says...

They've done an incredible job of making Rivington look so wonderfully exotic. Sadly, back in the real world it resembles a rubbish tip at the moment with fly tippers and 'campers' dumping rubbish everywhere these days. I wish I could 'CGi' the horrible mess out of such a beautiful place.
They've done an incredible job of making Rivington look so wonderfully exotic. Sadly, back in the real world it resembles a rubbish tip at the moment with fly tippers and 'campers' dumping rubbish everywhere these days. I wish I could 'CGi' the horrible mess out of such a beautiful place. marco999
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10:40pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Citizen Cane says...

...problem solved, the council have just given planning permission to clear the trees and build a supermosque there with parking for 50 EDL coaches.
...problem solved, the council have just given planning permission to clear the trees and build a supermosque there with parking for 50 EDL coaches. Citizen Cane
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