Herefordshire documentary maker strikes gold at American film festival


Writer/director/producer Ian Lewis hailed the recognition from his peers after a lifetime in the industry. Houston Worldfest in Texas is the oldest independent film festival in the world.

“It’s particularly enjoyable,” said Ian, as I had always hoped that a film about change in a Herefordshire village would be of interest beyond the county. Ian moved to Hope Mansell, a small village outside Ross-on-Wye, six years ago.

The film is an exploration of the community of which he is now a part. He is light years away from the film and television hustle and bustle in which he worked for over 40 years, traveling the world and working with, among others, Reuters Television and Thames TV.

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One of his most successful ventures, Mona the Vampire, an animated children’s series, ran for 128 episodes. A piece of time a portrait of her Hope Mansell, couldn’t be more different.

“It’s the story of a village in a time of change,” said Ian. “But it’s really the story of every village in England, the transition from a farming community to a newcomer community.

“Hope Mansell is such a wonderful community, not us and them. I am very happy with the reception of the film and delighted with the gold medal.

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“It’s reinforcement and it’s a good movie and I hope other people think so too.”

The film is available to rent or buy online worldwide at and, and on Amazon Prime Video in the UK and US.

For more information, including a trailer for the film, visit Ian’s page.

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