Award winning actor Christopher Eccleston has lent his weight to the upcoming Greater Manchester Film Festival.
Eccleston's illustrious career has spanned stage and screen, with film credits including Shallow Grave, Gone in 60 Seconds and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. He has also been cast to play a lead character in the upcoming Marvel superhero film Thor: The Dark World.
"I'm proud to be a part of The Greater Manchester Film Festival, a great event for the city and the industry, may it grow and grow" said Eccleston, adding that "...the festival has a really special programme, with some unique and exciting things being shown. It will be a great few days in the city."
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Born in Pendleton, Eccleston has a life-long link to the region.
"The North West is a really special place," said Eccleston. "I was born and raised in Salford, in a very normal family environment. I never thought then that I be where I am now, but I followed my passion and took advantage of every opportunity to act and engage in the industry"
Christopher Eccleston's journey into acting wasn't smooth. After graduating he worked in a supermarket, on a building site and as an artist's model - all the while pushing hard to follow his dream. He is a strong believer in encouraging young people to enter the industry.
"It's so important that we inspire the next generation into the creative industries," said Eccleston, "there are incredible opportunities in fields ranging from film, TV and radio to gaming and more."
"We're humbled by the support we've received from many of the UK's most successful and talented people" says Simon Powell, Festival Director.
"Christopher's journey mirrors that which many go through as they follow their dreams of getting into film, TV and stage. We hope that his association with the festival will inspire many more people to follow his footsteps and achieve amazing things."
Interview with Christopher Eccleston
For more information on the festival visit GMFF
The first Greater Manchester Film Festival runs at MediacityUK and the Odeon Printworks in Manchester from 5th-7th October 2012.