A highly successful period of filming concluded on the 25th October after five days of film across Cornwall. The production saw a highly talented team of Cornish based cast and crew that began with an early Monday start in Redruth and concluded in Truro following a week of filming at Carn Brea, Carn Euny, Lanyon Quoit and Watergate Bay.
Jackson New brought a maturity and assurance to the lead role of Peder that anchored the entire production. Whilst in the role of his mother Cara, Bryher Flander’s mastery of the Cornish language drove the narrative heart of the film and brought stories of Piskie’s, Bucca’s and Knocker’s in to stark reality. The other two supporting cast members; Kate Edney in the role of Miss Morveren and Tim Cartwright as Mr Cormoron gave committed performances that brought a Cornish classroom to life alongside a handful of extras.
The first day of filming began early opposite Curnow School in Redruth and saw a range of scenes shot in and around Cardrew Industrial Estate, from there the team moved over to Watergate Bay to shoot the key beach sequence involving both Peder and his mother Cara.
Day two the production moved to a house in Truro which was the main interior location for Jackson and Bryher, and saw a brief appearance of Peder’s father played by Edward Rowe who’s notable appearance in Bait directed by Mark Jenkin has reached wide spread national acclaim following its premiere at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
Day three brought the best of the week’s weather and a chance to shoot Lanyon Quoit in all it’s glory. The site also played host to the final scene which was shot in the fading light. The day was a demanding day of exteriors which the crew and Jackson coped with admirably.
The fourth day was an ambitious day with two unit moves starting at Carn Euny to film the tunnels and caverns on the site before moving to a woodland just north of Madron to shoot a little seen collection of standing stones. The production then moved to its third location of the day and filmed on Carn Euny above Camborne and Redruth. The rain came in on the final day and the production moved once again inside; using the Krowji site in Redruth for the school interiors involving Kate Edney, Tim Cartwright and Jackson New, before heading back to Truro to shoot out the remain interior scenes.
It was a special team that came together to work on this project and the atmosphere throughout the week was a testament to all involved. The professionalism and commitment of the crew cannot be overstated and demonstrates the extent of Cornish based talent both in front of and behind the camera.
After a brief respite editing began in earnest on the 28th October with the first rough cut completed on the 6th November.
Producer: Ella Turner Screenwriter/ 1st AD: Samuel Jay Chessell Director of Photography: René Huwaë Focus Puller: Peter Doyle-Davidson Clapper Loader: Lauren Hyslop, Theo Cordery, Joey Millward Gaffer: Jack Brookman Spark: Charlie Agnew, Georgia Cunningham Sound Recordist: James Chatwin DIT: TJ Hughes Hair and Make-up Artist: Charlotte Carrig Production Manager: Fraya Dawe Production Assistant: Tom Hartley BTS Photographer: Yzella Barker-Warne