A FILM-maker who was brought up on a farm in Stourport is hoping his latest project will give struggling farmers a boost.

Nick Jones, 29, says an A-list actor is interested in taking the lead in The Banker’s Choice and a BAFTA-winning editor is set to be involved.

He needs to raise £20,000 to make the film, about a second generation farmer on the verge of bankruptcy and his meeting with a young city bank manager.

Profits from the film will go to the Countryside Alliance Foundation and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, which supports members of the farming community in need.

Mr Jones said: “I’m making the film to highlight to the country and the world the plight and struggle of British farmers and the rural way of life.”

He added: “Over the years farming has suffered more than its fair share of hard times, including BSE, foot and mouth, bird flu and challenging Government and European policy.”

Through the course of the film the audience will see the relationship between the farmer and the banker develop.

Mr Jones went on: “I feel privileged to have grown up on a farm enjoying the rural way of life.

“Over the years I have witnessed and helped my father through the good and the bad times. Farming is a way of life, not just a job, and an industry that our country has been built on.”

To raise cash for the film, a raffle is being held, with prizes including a holiday for two in Spain and a VIP West End theatre trip with hotel accomodation.

Mr Jones’s previous project, internet TV series The London Affair, was viewed more than 2 million times on social networking site, Bebo.

He runs the Grass Roots Media company with his business partner, Nellie McQuinn, from an office in Stourport.

For more details on the raffle, visit grassrootsmedia.co.uk.