Sam Wheatley is a film-maker from Ilkeston.
I was born at Nottingham Hospital and whisked back to Ilkeston where - apart from a short year stint in Sheffield - I’ve lived all my life. What are your hobbies?
I’m a film-maker so a lot of my hobbies revolve around that. When I’m not in film mode I like walking and cycling. I completed a coast-to-coast cycle challenge in 2014 which was one of the best and most challenging things I’ve ever done. What is your favourite film?
Garden State (2004). It was the first film I ever saw that wasn’t an A-list studded, action packed film. It’s about a guy who returns home to bury his mum and find himself. It was the film that made me want to make films. What is your biggest achievement in life?
I made my first feature film while I was in my first year of college. It’s very rough around the edges, and it’s a product of my skill at that time, but the amount of organisation, and planning from all those involved was just phenomenal. What are your hopes for the future of this area? That we keep all the stuff that makes Ilkeston great, and that we don’t forget the amazing things we have here - the library, the museum, the gallery, and the cinema spring instantly to mind.
What is your favourite place to eat in Ilkeston ?
Patti House on South Street. I popped in once when it was on Bath Street and was thrilled to see it had moved rather than closed. Where is your favourite local place to go on a day trip?
Usually I cycle through a few places in one trip. Though going somewhere like Dovedale and the Stepping Stones where I can get away from phone signal and just have a technology-less walk is always welcome. What is your idea of a perfect Saturday night?
Anything, anywhere that’s nice and chilled out, with good company. Tame, I know. What would you change about Ilkeston?
For people to be able to see what they have on their doorstep. I hear a lot of negative things about Ilkesto, but it’s such a nice place and nicely situated. We’ve got a nice-looking town centre, a nice park to walk and chill out in and another to be active in.
What will your epitaph say?
“Moaned a lot, but loved everything really.”