18 year old Romina Hytten, landed the part in the locally produced feature film, A Dark Refelction when she was just 16. She stars alongside Georgina Sutcliffe, Rita Ramnani and Marina Sirtis in the supporting role of Molly Adamson.
A Dark Reflection premieres at The Capitol Theatre, Horsham on Thursday, February 26, 2015. It tells the story of a disturbing conspiracy at the heart of the aviation industry. Billed as ‘Erin Brockovich’ meets ‘All the Presidents Men’, the fact-based film is based on director Tristan Loraine’s research as an Airline Captain. Research, that last week saw him awarded one of the first ever 26 British Citizen Awards (BCA), for his 14 year’s work on the issues raised in this film.
The film was made by Sussex-based production company Fact Not Fiction Films and in terms of production value, is said to be Britain’s biggest co-operative film project to date.
Filming took place in Horsham and around Sussex as well as in Jordan. Romina got her big break by chance, when she met Director, Tristan Loraine, at a Farlington Careers Fair. Little did she know, when she impressed Tristan with her acting ambitions, that her first film role would take her to such dizzying heights, literally!
Storrington-based, Romina, won a drama scholarship to Farlington school and is now studying her A levels at Bishop Luffa sixth form. She is part of the Chichester Festival Youth Theatre and a member of the Goodwood Actors Guild, a company of about 250 actors and performers working annually at the world famous Goodwood Revival Motor Racing event in Sussex. As part of the Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, she has played ‘Lucy’ in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, and recently led a full cast of puppies on stage, as ‘Missis Pongo’ in “The One Hundred and One Dalmations”.
About her role in the film, Romina said: “It was amazing to go through the whole process of professional film-making for the first time. I learnt so much and it has really inspired me to work even harder to pursue my career in acting. My next goal is to audition and hopefully gain entry to one of the top drama schools.”
In her role as Molly, the airline captain’s daughter, she was filmed at the Southdown Gliding Club. Molly, already a trainee glider pilot, gets an aerobatic glider flight covered by the local paper. Molly’s pilot father comes along and meets the local journalist for the first time: a pivotal turning point in the film. Although Romina had never been in a glider before, she smiled her way through 22 consecutive loops and countless rolls with an experienced pilot, Guy Westgate, at the Storrington Club.
Director/Producer Tristan Loraine said, “Romina was better than perfect for the part, she is so gifted and brave. Romina is one of the finest young actresses in the country.”