Wolstanton sisters star in Molly Crows horror film (video)
TWO sisters have become the stars of a horror movie about a legendary witch.
Aspiring actresses Lexi and Natasha Tordoff, aged 14 and nine, from Wolstanton, won their parts in Molly Crows after answering an internet advert.
The low budget movie was filmed across the region over the space of a year by 38-year-old director Ray Wilkes, from Keele.
Lexi, who attends Madeley High School, plays Mandy, a bully.
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At times she endures fake blood being thrown in her face during filming.
Her sister Natasha takes the role of a ghost child.
The film is based on the famous 'witch of Burslem' Molly Leigh, who died in 1746 and was buried in St John's Church in the town.
There are claims that clergymen exhumed her body, opened the coffin, and threw in the still-living blackbird that had been her companion, before reburying her.
In the film, Molly's spirit takes revenge on people who bullied her.
The footage was taken in many locations including Keele, Sandon Hall and Peckforton Castle.
Lexi, a member of the youth theatre at the New Vic in Basford said: "I play a nasty piece of work. I had to pretend to throw someone to the ground. Some parts are traumatic to watch back.
"We normally do family stuff, so this was quite different. I really enjoy acting and liked doing a full length film."
Natasha said: "The main character gets possessed by the witch and the whole thing explodes."
The girls' mum Sharon, aged 42, drives her daughters across the country to attend auditions and screenings.
They have already appeared as extras in commercials and short films.
Sharon said: "I am in awe. I watched one of the interview scenes and it was really quite dramatic.
"I don't like horror films, but it is a bit different with my girls in it, Although I might have to take a pillow to the screening in case I need to hide.
"It can be quite time consuming but the thing I have always said is that they should try as many things as they can while they are young."
Dad Jeremy, aged 45, who works in sales, said: "I am very proud of them both and I am always surprised by how relaxed and confident they are."
The family are looking to attend the launch party to watch the whole film, which will be hosted at a venue in Stoke-on-Trent yet to be announced.
Director Ray Wilkes plans to enter the film, which has had 10,000 hits on YouTube, into future film festivals.