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Move trailer filmed in Eye

Filming the trailer for Bus Pass to Peterborough. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography.
Filming the trailer for Bus Pass to Peterborough. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography.

It was a case of lights, camera, action in Hoxne as a team of movie-makers gathered to make the trailer for a new film.

The filmmakers were shooting the trailer for Bus Pass to Peterborough, written by Eye writer John Gleeson.

The screenplay is an adaptation of Mr Gleeson’s stage play of the same name, which proved a hit at the Bank arts venue in the town, as well as during a subsequent tour.

TV and film director Baz Taylor, who has directed many TV shows, including episodes of Coronation Street, Lovejoy, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Bergerac, asked Mr Gleeson if he could shoot the trailer, before approaching backers to turn it into a feature-length film.

If successful, Mr Gleeson, who runs New Eye Pictures, an offshoot of New Eye Theatre, hopes the film will feature local actors.

“The project has three core aims – to be commercially, educationally and community-driven,” he said.

“In the trailer, nine of the ten actors are local, from Eye and district, and if we get the funding, then I am optimistic that the cast of 20 will also be from the local community.”

Mr Gleeson said Bus Pass to Peterborough tells the story of a chalk and cheese elderly couple, who meet in an isolated spot on a journey to Peterborough.

“It is a comedy drama, a love story, certainly containing mystery and also possible danger, which played to full houses during its run as a stage play,” he said.

The trailer was shot over five days at the end of last month.

A team of film and media students from West Suffolk College provided cameras, sound and lighting.

“Most of the action in the screenplay takes place in the Cambridgeshire Fens, but the locations around Eye and district are perfect for location shooting,” said Mr Gleeson.

“We shot in Hoxne village, Horham airfield, a farmyard and house in Eye, as well as the cemetery. The students were absolutely brilliant.”

The trailer features Brian Hewlett, who has starred in the Archers on Radio 4 for more than 45 years and TV and film actress Genevieve Allenbury.

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