Friday, 18 June 1999

From behind the sofa to behind the camera...Peter aims to prove Who's the boss!

Amateur film-maker Peter Trengove hopes
his stock will skyrocket with his latest film
by Pete Magill

DARE you peer out from behind the sofa? Junior Time Lord Peter Trengove's latest bargain basement blockbuster is well and truly out of this world!

His intergalactic inspiration - explaining the link between the Dr Who legend and the Cystic Fibrosis he copes with day-to-day - could be a stepping stone to his multi-media screen dreams.

But props are sometimes hard to come by for the amateur film buff - with an Austin Allegro standing in for the famed TARDIS and family and friends starring in supporting roles.

Each time 19 year old Peter wakes, he must go through a rigorous routine which will, before bedtime, include tablets, enzymes, nebulisers, vitamins, antibiotics and breathing exercise.

But in the plot of his new short film, the central character based on Dr Who needs such medication to cope with the stresses and strains of planetary travel.

The futuristic feature, set around the Time Lord's home world Gallifrey, has already received encouragement from the Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust, for which Peter's dad, Alan, an experienced square dancer, is a frequent fundraiser. And after contacting the BBC, Peter, from Cedar Grove, Latchford, was asked to keep in touch when he had developed his idea further.

Peter's previous production, Déjà Vu, was a college project in which he first began to learn the fine arts of filming, sound editing and script work for himself.

Before then his camera prowess was concentrated mainly on animated short stories, based around Dr Who.

Fellow fans of the TV mainstay, Hammer horrors or Scream might appreciate his approach to DIY cinema.

Now the Priestley College student has earned himself a break, after coming to the end of A levels in Media Studies, English Language and Literature this week.

Keen to build up his career around sight, sound or print, Peter, a would-be director, radio start or reporter, is now busy attempting to get a first foothold in the media industry.

And who is Peter's favourite Dr Who of all time? The one and only Tom Baker of course.

Quite what the young cameraman will do if Davros and the Daleks or the dreaded Cybermen decide to make a guest appearance is anyone's guess...