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Harry Potter actor stars in new film written and directed by up-and-coming Earl's Court actress

Melissa Jean Woodside plays the lead role in Podsnappery, which was partly filmed at Chiswick House

Melissa Jean Woodside and the Podsnappery cast members

An up-and-coming actress from Earl’s Court has celebrated the completion of her new film with a lavish party held in London’s Covent Garden.

Melissa Jean Woodside is the lead actress as well as writer and director of the period costume farce, Podsnappery, and presented the short film to its cast and crew at a special screening held at The Hospital Club.

The film also features is actor Jon Campling, who starred as a Death Eater in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, and was partly filmed in Chiswick House .

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Melissa, who recently met and discussed her plans with Twilight superstar Kristen Stewart , said: “This film was a real labour of love for me to make.

"It’s quite hard to get a message across in a short film but I feel we did that with Podsnappery.

“The film hopefully conveys my sense of humour as well a serious approach to film acting and directing.”

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The screening party, which saw the cast appeared in full costume, was also attended by Kara Kandarakis, who is directing Melissa’s upcoming project - a virtual reality Jack the Ripper thriller called Reconstructing Jack.

The actress said she was inspired to write Podsnappery after reading Charles Dickens’ novel, Our Mutual Friend, which features a Mr Podsnap, and the film was shot in picturesque Bath, Somerset, as well as Chiswick House.

She now intends to present Podsnappery on the international film festival circuit during the remainder of 2016 and in 2017.

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