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Hopwood actor in Indian film controversy

Posted on March 28 2013 at 1:11:55

Mitch Powell

Hopwood actor Mitch Powell is set to hit the big screen this weekend, in a film that’s causing a stir in India.

Mitch stars as Dracula in horror romance Saint Dracula 3D, due to be released on Good Friday across the whole of India.

But the film, produced by Biz TV Networks and directed by Rupesh Paul, has incurred the wrath of the Kerala Catholic Youth Movement (KCYM), which has called for it to be banned.

KCYM believes that its theme – a nun falling in love with a vampire - is offensive to Christians, especially at Easter time. See

Saint Dracula, which also stars Patricia Duarte, will be released across India in five languages, and is set to be released around the world in April, May and June.

It was shot entirely in the UK, even using one of the castles featured in Harry Potter, and premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Mitch was trained at the Betty Fox Stage School and Birmingham School of Speech and Drama, after a brief spell in the boy band Boysterous.

After several stage appearances, it was his first lead role, in feature film Butterflies and Bullets, that grabbed the attention of director Rupesh Paul - who personally contacted the actor to play the part of Dracula.

“I loved every minute of the role and felt very lucky to have the opportunity to portray such an iconic figure,” said Mitch.

Mitch may also be familiar to fans of BBC soap Doctors for his guest role as debt collector Don Pratt.

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