“Arthur and Merlin” by Marco Van Belle


Inspired by the same Celtic myths that J.R.R. Tolkien read as a young man, Arthur and Merlin is an epic fantasy adventure of good against evil, that tells the story of these two iconic characters as you’ve never seen it before.  In dark ages Britain, a time of magic and legend, a powerful druid is bent on destroying the Celtic people.  Arthur, a banished warrior, and Merlin, a hermit wizard, embark on a heroic quest to stop the druid and save their people, before the Celts are lost forever and become a myth themselves.

By achieving cinema-quality production values on a low budget, Arthur & Merlin is a remarkable achievement in independent filmmaking.

The film itself was nothing short of epic. Utilising a relatively low budget, Arthur and Merlin managed to accomplish the same sense of scale and grandeur that Peter Jackson or Chris Columbus could create with a budget of millions of dollars. The cast and crew didn’t need to go to New Zealand to have a backdrop of beautiful landscapes within Arthur and Merlin: the British locations used within the film are equally as stunning as anything you’d find in a Hollywood flick, adding to the film’s sense of wonder and enchantment.

The narrative is not impeded by the film’s small budget either; the Celtic tales thatArthur and Merlin has been inspired by are grand, magical myths and legends. Director Marco van Belle was not daunted by the idea of telling such a large story on a small budget.  

Other Links: http://www.arthurandmerlin.co.uk/


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