Filming in London has wrapped on Foster, a feature film remake of a successful short film made by writer/director Jonathan Newman in 2005. The short film made a bit of a star of young Preston Nyman but now aged 12 he was too old to reprise his role in the new feature.
Maurice Cole (now represented by Hamilton Hodell) from South London was cast as the young boy Eli who turns up on the doorstep of a young couple (Toni Collette and Ioan Gruffudd) struggling to come to terms with the death of their five-year-old son several years before. He claims the foster agency has sent him and it soon becomes clear the boy is old beyond his years and he offers moral support and idealistic suggestions to his parents on how to repair and re-kindle their love for each other.
Young Maurice, apart from appearing in one advert, has no previous acting experience. Newman, the director says "I was very clear that I didn't want a stage school type. I wanted someone really natural who could deliver a very organic performance."
Still, having a seven year old in the lead role has presented its own problems. "We are only allowed to shoot five days a week and we are only allowed three hours on set with him a day, so everything else has to be scheduled around him. It is a logistical challenge," admits Newman.