Movie: The Hunt for Gollum
For all the fans of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings series, here is something interesting.
The Hunt for Gollum is a 2009 fantasy-adventure fan film directed by Chris Bouchard and produced by Independent Online Cinema that is based on the appendices of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. The film centres on the fictional lands of Middle-earth, where wizard Gandalf the Grey (Patrick O'Connor) sends ranger Aragorn (Adrian Webster) on a quest to find Gollum, whom he fears may reveal information about the One Ring to necromancer Sauron.
Filming took place in North Wales,
Epping Forest, and Hampstead
Heath. The film was shot in high definition video, with a budget
of GBP£3,000 (USD$5,000). The production is completely unofficial and
unauthorized, though Bouchard said he had "reached an understanding"
with Tolkien Enterprises in 2009.
The Hunt for Gollum debuted at the Sci-Fi-London film festival and on the Internet, free to view, on 3 May 2009. By October 2009, it had been viewed by 3.5 million people.
The film is set during the timespan of The Fellowship of the Ring. It takes place 17 years after Bilbo Baggins's 111th birthday party and just prior to Frodo Baggins leaving the Shire for Rivendell. The wizard Gandalf fears that Gollum may reveal information about the One Ring to the Dark Lord Sauron, and sends the Ranger Aragorn on a quest to find him.
The Balticon Film Festival for amateur short films awarded The Hunt for Gollum their Best Live Action award in 2009.