Come Away to a world of film fantasy with twins from Potton

Following their role in Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil last year, identical twins from Potton will return to the movies to play a significant role in a prequel to two old classics.

By News Reporter
Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 1:14 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 1:18 pm

In 2018, ten-year-olds Harry and Oliver Newman spent six weeks filming in some of London historical places such as Windsor Great Park, Tower Bridge, Somerset House and Shepperton Studios for the movie ‘Come Away’.

The film is an imaginative origin story of two of the most beloved characters in literature, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. Harry and Oliver play the twins in the iconic Lost Boys with Peter. What makes it even more unique is both Peter and Alice are played by multi-racial young actors.

The story sees Alice, her mischievous brother Peter and their brilliant older sibling David let their imaginations run wild one blissful summer in the English countryside. Encouraged by their parents Jack and Rose, played by David Oyelowo and Angelina Jolie, the kids’ make-believe tea parties, sword fights and pirate ship adventures come to an abrupt end when tragedy strikes.

Harry and Oliver Newman (sitting together at front of photo, Oliver on the left) behind the scenes with Peter Pan and the rest of the Lost Boys, as well as David Oyelowo and director Brenda Chapman. Credit: Relativity Media

Peter, eager to prove himself a hero to his grief-stricken and financially-struggling parents, journeys with Alice to London, where they try to sell a treasured heirloom to the sinister pawnshop owner known as C.J. Returning home, Alice seeks temporary refuge in a wondrous rabbit hole while Peter permanently escapes reality by entering a magical realm as leader of the Lost Boys.

“We loved every minute being on set and had so much fun learning lines and playing games inbetween scenes with the rest of the cast,” said Oliver.

“The film is set a long time ago at the turn of the 20th century, so the costumes were very different from what we normally wear. But I especially loved playing in the forest and in the dungeons of Somerset House,” added Harry.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak in 2020, many movie blockbusters, such as the latest James Bond and Wonder Woman films, have either been cancelled or postponed. However ‘Come Away’ will be simultaneously released in cinemas and on-demand services in the UK on Friday, December 4.

“I’m so excited to see the film,” said mum Hayley. “Despite being in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and The Woman in Black, and roles in TV programmes such as Downton Abbey, Call The Midwife and Rock ‘n’ Chips, this is their first main cast and speaking role.

“Usually they are sharing one part, so this is also a first to play twins in a film.”