I hate being in the spotlight for this film, its not my story, its Lucys, I'm simply the one who answered the calling and researched it. Which lead to this feature film being made.
I prefer to call myself an 'Accidental Director' as this is a trade I have fallen into in later life. No academic training, just a passion to make something happen from my time spent on set as a SA on many a production set that has given me a wonderful taste of what the industry holds.
The cast have miraculously come out of the woodwork and slid comfortably into their roles in this period drama, only two actors to date have been through the 'casting call' interview, they are Tamsin Ford and Leah Smith. both of whom are the leading actors of this film. Playing roles of 17 year old Maggie Crannie and 16 year old Lucy Sands.
Other actors include: Olivia Maiden and Abby Sparrow - Playing the parts of 16 year old Jane Shannon and 15 year old Mary Lawson.
Key characters are plentiful in The Ballad of Lucy Sands.
They can be found featured in the Cast and Crew pages - click on the link below.
This lavishly produced (on an incredibly tight self financed budget) period drama feature film is still in production, yet, we have managed to release two trailers and are currently tweaking a 20+ minute short which we are taking out on the road for a fund raising tour very soon. A new 8 minute short monologue was released on the 1st December 2019. To commemorate the 138th year since Lucy was murdered.
In the past few months we have filmed around the country. Taking the shoots out of Cornwall to Devon, where we shot some large crowd scenes for the Courtroom battles and then to Workington (Lucys hometown) in Cumbria, where we filmed 20 scenes which involved over 200 people on set to recreate the mob scenes and the harrowing funeral of Lucy, where we set the scenes in St Johns Church, the same Church where Lucy's funeral took place in 1882 and where she has been buried ever since. We also used the exact same words that were spoken on that date by the actor who played the Rev'd J J Thornley.
The people of Workington came out in force to help us realise this scene, which took weeks of planning and was aided by the generosity of companies and establishments from around the town.
We certainly couldn't have pulled this feat off anywhere else in the country, Taking this to Workington was the right thing to do, and we will be going back in April 2020 to shoot the films final scenes up there.
Our teaser Trailer, more to come.
Do you have questions or comments about our film? Do you have a theater where we could arrange a screening? Send us a message, and we will get back to you soon.