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Market Weighton Girl Wins Hollywood Award

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10:35am 22nd May 2014

A young girl from near Market Weighton who plays two hologram characters in the City of York Council’s Hologram Tour app, has won a best actor award at a Hollywood film festival.

Eleven-year-old Francesca Turton from near Market Weighton, won the Best Actor award in the Los Angeles-based Women’s Independent Film Festival. In the category for young film-makers, the international festival also named the film ‘Moving On’ as having the Best Cinematography and Best Editing too.

While her role in ‘Moving On’ was an imaginary friend, for the York Hologram Tour app, Francesca played two characters who appear as 3D holograms from contrasting sectors of Victorian society. Flora describes the hardships and dangers of life in the Bedern slums, while Edwina – coincidently Francesca’s middle name is Edwina! –talks about the rising prosperity of the middle classes in 19th century York.

Now, Android smartphone users can enjoy the performances alongside Apple iPhone users, through an app that fuses 21st century technology with 1,000 years of history – brought to you with award-winning actors! This is the world’s only city tour to use hologram guides of historical characters which appear from the city’s buildings.

Besides a free sample app, visitors who want to enjoy the complete tour guided by 21 holograms, can pay just £1.49 to unlock the full collection of historic characters, each giving their own unique perspective on York& #8217;s fascinating history.

Besides Victorian Flora and Edwina, app users can meet Gunpowder Plot perpetrator Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin’s hangman, as well as Richard III’s breathless valet who breaks the news of his master’s death at Bosworth plus the bullish ‘Railway King’George Hudson. And before 1 June 2014, app users can enter a fantastic competition to win a HUDL tablet, courtesy of Appeartome!

For a chance to win, download the app for free and simply answer the question: “In the City of York app, where does Mick the butcher w ork?” Email your answers to hello@appeartome.com before midnight on 1 June and the winner will be randomly selected by a closed computer-generated system and then announced by twitter on Monday 2 June.

Councillor James Alexander, Leader of City of York Council and with portfolio for Economic Development, said: “Francesca’s film award confirms the quality of the technology and performances that make our app an amazing experience. Whether it’s used by visitors new to York, or for residents who want to enjoy their hometown in a whole new dimension, this fusion of technology and history epitomises the best of York.”

Francesca Turton said: “I've only just bought myself an ipad and I've downloaded the app so that when we are in York I'll be able to have my photograph taken with my Victorian self. That will be cool. I'm really interested in history, it's my favourite subject, so I liked playing a rich and poor Victorian. It was a lot of fun getting dirty for Flora's role and even though the clothes were raggy they were more comfortable than Edwina’s.”

To download both versions of the app, go to:



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