This weekend, the main filming took place for our local folklore project. Funded as part of the Arts Council England's Create To Recover programme, this project provides paid work for four local actors, as well as a writer/director, and an editor/ camera person, a fantastic thing especially in these times!
The project brings to life four local spooky tales which have existed in the local folklore of Brixham for decades, and centuries; which will be released in time for Halloween.
With the Covid restrictions, as well as safety concerns around filming in public places where not all members of the public may socially distace, and the fact that some of the team live with relatives in "at-risk" categories, it was decided to record entirely over Zoom. Using costumes, props, greenscreens, home lighting and digital backdrops of our in-house collection of original Victorian postcards of Brixham, the cast created performances from their homes, each taking on a character from Brixham's colourful past.
Who is the broken man who forever mourns his son? What was the ruse the smugglers used to get contraband to Totnes? What did the young sailor do when his beloved was not allowed to marry him? Who is it who is seen to this day around a well known local landmark? Find out, as these stories are brought to life. Humour, tragedy,love and indomitable spirit are all brought to life in these tales, taking place around locations in the town which you can visit yourself.
The screening details will be available soon, and in the meantime, editing is well underway.
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