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Stunt sisters to hold drive-in film festival

Stunt sisters to hold drive-in film festival

Justin Burns

Stunt sisters to hold drive-in film festival
Carly and Casey Michaels

Stuntwomen sisters who hail from a family of daredevil stunt performers are to lay on a drive-in American-style film festival.

Carly and Casey Michaels, from Winkfield will stage a two-night screening of family favourite movies Grease and Ratatouille on a giant  42 foot open-air screen.

The former Ascot schoolgirls, who both went to The Marist Junior School, Hurst Lodge and St Georges will hold it at their home in Cheval Stud, Pigeonhouse Lane, from September 14-15.

Carly, 26, said: "We both love films and the drive-in vibe and thought it would be great to do it for families.

"We hope to do more if it is a success."

Both sisters are trained stuntwomen with Carly qualifying as a stunt woman in 2011 and Casey, in 2010.

Carly has just doubled for Keira Knightley for her new film Jack Ryan.

She said: "The stunts I did were car crashes and that kind of thing and I was dressed as an NYPD cop, which was fun."

Carly has also doubled for Catherine Zeta Jones in soon to be released Red 2, which led to a meeting with a screen star.

She said: "That was action packed and I was getting thrown all over the place.

"I got to meet Sir Anthony Hopkins who just came over and started chatting and was talking about Russia."

Her sister 23, worked on scenes in Skyfall, Kick Ass 2 and worked as a stunt performer in Angelina Jolie's new film Maleficent.

She said the industry is not all glamour and to get into the business it is a 'hard slog' to get on to the stunt register.

"It is not easy," she said.

And some stunts can test your nerve and skills.

She said: "It is about timing and getting it right and you have to mentally prepare to do each scene.

"It is your job and you just have to do it."

The drive-in will start at 6pm with films beginning at 7.30pm and also set to feature American-style food vendors.

Visit www.caseysdrivein.com for more details.

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