From Dudley to Hollywood: Mum and Reece, 9, a hit in LA after film success
A short film starring a mother and son from Dudley has taken the pair to Hollywood.
Wheel Gone Kid, starring Rita Jagpal-Mohan and her nine-year-old son, Reece, tells the story of a boy from Dudley who is obsessed with video games.
What Rita thought was just a bit of fun resulted in three more Wheel Gone Kid films and the trip of a lifetime for the pair who, last weekend, were guests at the Skiptown Playhouse International Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Two other short films that Rita starred in – Tuna and Ted and Twin Loops – were also screened at the festival, with Twin Loops winning the Best Producer award.
One of the producers of the films, Keith Large, met Rita at the hairdressing salon she works at.
When she's not acting, the 47-year-old works as a hairdresser, and it was in her Birmingham city centre salon, Lemuria Retreat, that her dream of acting became a reality.
Keith – who knew Rita already from tutoring Reece – was walking by the salon after his flight to Glasgow got cancelled. Rita was on the phone, looking out of the window, and beckoned him inside, where the pair got chatting.