Mills thanks lost Potter camera

9:59am Thursday 17th May 2012

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Fromer Kula Shaker frontman Crispian Mills has revealed he turned to filmmaking thanks to a lost Harry Potter camera.

The former musician has entered the family business of film, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, actor Sir John Mills, his father, director Roy Boulting, and his mother Hayley Mills, an actress.

He said his debut piece, A Fantastic Fear Of Everything - which stars Simon Pegg - came together when he found a camera that had been lost from the Harry Potter production in the gutter in the street outside his house.

After returning it to the grateful team he was invited to the set where he met his future producer Geraldine Patten, who was working as a producer's assistant on Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix.

The two stayed in touch and ended up working together.

Crispian said he owed the person who dropped the camera a lot of thanks and told movieScope: "Every stage of the way, whether it's writing, casting or production - certainly investment - seems to have a life of its own.

"You have to have faith that things are going to find their way, almost by themselves."

The film, starring Pegg and Amara Karan, is adapted from Bruce Robinson's novella Paranoia in the Launderette and opens on June 8.

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