Squerryes Court, near Westerham in Kent, played an important role in this drama documentary, a period production by the members of Spring Park Film Makers.
Squerryes, a beautiful 17th century manor house, used in the BBC’s adaptation of Emma where it was depicted as the Hartfield Estate, has been the home of the Warde family since the mid-18thcentury. This time, however, the story was set in the late 19th century, and involves Lieutenant Colonel Warde.
Gerald Pecksen, writer and director of this short film, has recreated the events leading up to the opening of the Westerham railway line, which was closed in the 1960s and is now under the M25 motorway.
Unfounded Rumours was a collaborative production between members of SPFM and a number of local amateur dramatic group members. They have also filmed inside The Grasshopper, situated on the A25, which proved an ideal setting for other scenes in the film.
The club was also pleased to have been able to use a vintage horse bus from the Cobham Museum in Surrey.
Unfounded Rumours has won many awards for our club.
Taking a Hit
In this screenplay, there are two Jeff Greens. One a safe cracker, the other a “hit man” or hired assassin. The story centres around the demise of one when contact is made with the wrong Jeff Green. Filmed in the Hayes branch of the Legion, the players were from local amateur dramatic groups.
In the 2012 Kent Film Festival “Taking a Hit” – the club film made last year for North v South - won two awards Final judges from Surrey Border Movie Makers awarded our film the Johnson Trophy (Best Fiction Film) and the Acorn Trophy (Best Film Made by an IAC Affiliated Club).