Here is some of the team last night during the Q & A at Shrewsbury Museum where we showed a 30 minute excerpt from the film. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with some fabulously supportive comments from supporters of the film and members of the public present.
We were part of a double bill along with The Burying Party which has already spent some time on the festival circuit and is doing extremely well with several nominations and wins. Challenging company but the films are so very different that to try to compare would be otiose.
It was a great night out and lovely to see the film finally on a bigger screen, in fact most people present hadn’t seen anything of it before last night, even we had barely skimmed through it in the rush to ensure that it was sent over ready for screening.
We certainly came away with renewed faith in the look and feel of the film and surprisingly elements we were not too sure of went down really well. Sometimes you can be too close to a thing.
Our edit team of Osian, Chris and Jane performed miracles to get things ready for last night and will continue to do so over the coming months. Meanwhile we will begin to look at obtaining board certification, film festivals and more to ensure that this receives the viewing it deserves.
Keep up to date with The Long Way Home by completing the form on the Home Page and joining our news letter… We will be publishing previously unseen stills and behind the scenes shots over the coming months and hopefully bringing you news of special events and soon screenings too…
Now added to the site are 3 items featuring the amazing art painted by Andy Sylvester as part of the Shropshire 100 Days. This is Shropshire’s celebration of both the 100th anniversary of the Armistice and the death of Wilfred Owen, a son of Shrewsbury.
We are a part of the celebrations too as the film will be shown to a select group of people linked to its production alongside another WW1 film on November 8th with a QnA session alongside. It will be the first time that any of us have seen the (very) rough assembly of the complete film and a fantastic opportunity to see how it all fits together.
As a celebration and to recognise our links to these anniversaries we have produced these fantastic items, a T-Shirt, Women’s T and a Tote Bag. As with other items any money raised will go to festival entries to ensure that this film is seen by as many people as possible. We make a small profit from all items, everything is printed to order individually and shipped within 48 hours (except weekends) so you know that your item is made especially for you.
Andy used a still from the shoot as the basis of the painting and offered to allow us to use the image to promote the film and create items to sell.
These items are limited in number. no more than 50 of each will be sold. Please visit the site http://tlwh.teemill.com to see these fabulous items.
As an improvement to our communications with followers of the film we arena collecting email addresses for a newsletter distribution. The sign-up form is on the right of the front page of our new and improved website which also launched today in concert with the T-Shirt sales page…It would be great if lots of you signed up so that the newsletter will go to as many people as possible.
As you can see we have been busy with the administrative side of things as we wait to see the first edit of the film in a few weeks time.
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.
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.