Reel thing: a young Hackney actress unveils her plans to project herself into Hollywood

Kelby Keenan, actor-producer @ Hackney Picturehouse London E8, where she also works as an usher 261116 © david.altheer [at ]

TO MOVIEGOERS at the Hackney Picturehouse, Kelby Keenan, above, is one of the staff.  But the Hackneyite is far more involved in cinema: she is also an actress and producer.

Cassette is due to be released in the US next year 2017, which is also when she’ll be  playing the lead in Moonlight Flip, a feature film, a road movie being made in California by Five Arts Films.

hackneywood sign HacPicHouse postcard © david.altheer[ at ]
Hooray for Hackneywood: a Hackney Picturehouse postcard

If Cassette opens in January as scheduled, Keenan will be going to New York in January 2017 to publicise it.

The film cost a mere £2,000 to make so, as what she  terms “a super-low-budget feature”,  promoting it to American journalists will be difficult. But persistence is essential in show business, and she hopes to move to Los Angeles eventually.

Some people — eg, my editor — consider LA a polluted traffic-jammed dullsville crammed with waiters who would rather talk about their last screen test than fetch you the dish you now despair of ever eating.

Young would-be stars know different: Hollywood/La-la Land holds the key to their hopes. 

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David Irons, left, Kelby Keenan and Vincent De Paul at the Cannes film festival
Acting-production colleagues: David Irons, left, Kelby Keenan and Vincent De Paul take a break from promoting their film at the Cannes film festival

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