Meet Mary

We would like to introduce you to Mary, John Hemmingway’s girlfriend. She will be played by the very lovely Emily Bellingham. Emily is 22 and hails from Shropshire, she trained at Laine Theatre Arts and has for the last few months been teaching Musical Theatre in Telford.

We’ve only gone and wrapped!!!

After more than 4 years, 560 slates and colossal efforts by the whole team we are proud and very emotional to say that we have wrapped production on The Long Way Home…

We have had an amazing day with Radio Shropshire and Midlands Today on the set along with the fantastic Simon Jarman who brought his WW1 tent as a piece of set and tons of equipment to dress it too.

With a nod back to the very beginnings of this journey he also brought his fire pit and cooked the whole team WW 1 trench food in the form of Corned Beef Hash and bread. A delicious treat for the cast to experience authentic food from the era.

As we pack the gear for the last time there are a million people to thank. Too many to name here now, you all know who you are.

Early start.

Here are Jake and Sue preparing for interview on BBC Radio Shropshire due to go live in 2 minutes. A further interview will air at 8.50ish and then another between 4pm and 7 this evening.

A bit of TV

Ok, things have moved along rather rapidly today.

Over the last few days we have been speaking with BBC Midlands Today who were interested in coming to set tomorrow. Today we had calls early on from BBC Radio Shropshire who want to transmit live from the set early tomorrow and then BBC News Team who asked Jake to visit the studios in Birmingham this evening…

A hastily rearranged wrap of today’s set followed by a rush over and Jake was interviewed by the lovely Yvonne Brissett of BBC news for a short piece to run on BBC news tomorrow morning as a teaser for the evening program. Of course nothing is guaranteed in News, who knows what may happen overnight to knock us out of the programming but here’s hoping that we get some much needed publicity.

Here is Jake being interviewed this evening.

More news tomorrow as things develop

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Week 2 begins

So week 2 begins in a field. The wind is strong and it’s quite cold for the actors but we struggle on…The few moments when the sun comes out are lovely. It’s made worse by them having 2 beautiful pork pies with them which they can’t eat.

We have 4 scenes to shoot today and then tomorrow we move to a farm elsewhere for more rural scenes.

Wednesday we will be shooting the recruiting officer scenes at a village church and after that we can call WRAP on the filming of the project.

That’s when the hard work starts, editing, grading, sound mixing and compiling. This will take many months to complete but these are the things that make the difference.

More news tomorrow

A few pictures

It’s the first of a few rest days and a chance to take stock of what we have already filmed and make adjustments to next weeks scenes if necessary.

The crew can relax and take advantage of the chance to lie in (after all most have been students for 3 years, 3 consecutive early mornings is a challenge!!)

Here are a few production stills from this week.

1st Main Character Wrap

Our first main character to finish their scenes is Darrell Davy playing Wallace. He can be seen here reading through the script with Tom Roberts, Josh Griffiths and director Jake. Totally unplanned was Ben Seager walking into shot completely in character.