Seaford man’s book to be animated film

Giles Paley-Phillips with actor Brian Blessed and producer Aaron Mead
Giles Paley-Phillips with actor Brian Blessed and producer Aaron Mead

A popular children’s book by Seaford author Giles Paley -Phillips is being turned into an animation film.

The film adaptation of The Fearsome Beastie will star Brian Blessed, Alison Steadman and Lizzie Waterworth and is due to be released this year.

Author and poet Giles Paley- Phillips got to meet the actors and said he was excited to see one of his books adapted into a film.

He told the Herald it was a ‘dream come true’ and he is looking forward to its release.

Giles said, “It’s extremely exciting and a dream come true to see one of my books adapted into a film, and it was amazing to meet the vocal cast.

“Brian Blessed and Alison Steadman were so charming and enthusiastic about the project.”

The Fearsome Beastie was first published in 2011 by Maverick Arts Publishing.

It has gone on to win numerous book awards including the People’s Book Prize and the Heart of Hawick Book Award.

It is a book written in rhyme written by poet Giles.

The popular story is reminiscent of the cautionary fairy tales of the past but with a happy ending!

It follows the story of the beastie who is searching for something to eat and the children are at the top of the menu.

The beastie has a number of clever tricks up his sleeve but will they be fooled?

The book is being CG animated by Slurpy Studios with co-directors Katie Steed and Jon Hunt.

Giles was born in East Sussex in 1977 and grew up on the south coast.

He initially pursued a career in music and spent a number of years performing around the country.

His book The Fearsome Beastie won The People’s Book Prize in 2012 and it was highly commended in The Forward National Literature Award in the United States of America.

His third book Tamara Small and the Monsters Ball was nominated for The People’s Book Prize in 2013.

His book There is a Lion in My Bathroom was published in 2010 and proceeds went to Leukaemia Research.