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Former student becomes star of Amazon Prime as university film lands on platform

PUBLISHED: 20:28 26 August 2020 | UPDATED: 06:37 27 August 2020

Natalie Lauren, from Newton Flotman, who appears in the film '12' on Amazon Prime. Picture: Nic Donovan Photography

Natalie Lauren, from Newton Flotman, who appears in the film '12' on Amazon Prime. Picture: Nic Donovan Photography

Nic Donovan

A former student has unexpectedly become a star of Amazon Prime, after a film she made while at university four years ago ended up on the streaming platform.

Natalie Lauren, from Netwton Flotman, starred in 12, a modern day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night alongside friends while studying experimental psychology and philosophy at Oxford University in 2016.

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Taking on the role of Olivia, the aspiring actress worked alongside friends on the film, which took the classic Shakespeare play and put it in a present day setting.

The film cost less than £1,000 to produce and was filmed on the university campus. Now, four years later it has premiered on Amazon Prime and is free to watch for subscribers.

She said: “It is quite nuts really - we shot it four years ago but the director has been chipping away at it and for some reason Amazon has picked it up, which is surprising but also amazing.”


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