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The Ballad of Mary Whyddon

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We enjoyed a sensational week filming a Dartmoor tale set in 17th century Chagford. The real life tragedy on which we based the film is so poignant that over the centuries it has passed from history into legend.

A team of volunteers - including talented industry professionals - generously donated their time. Lively evenings were spent sharing food, wine and laughter in the historic Church Rooms in which we filmed our interior scenes. One of our set designers even encountered a ghost on the ancient, granite spiral staircase - not once, but twice. Thus real life and cinematic life blended into one magical adventure.

Fabulous homemade cakes at tea time were sponsored by Kirsty's Kitchen. Thanks Kirsty - your scrumptious cakes kept us sparkling, even in the rain!

Premiere: Friday October 11th 2019 , 7.00pm, Chagford Church

Repeat screening: Saturday October 12th, 7.00pm, Chagford Church

The film has been a real labour of love. There have been many challenges, delays, and data losses. But FINALLY the film receives its premiere on Friday 11th October, the anniversary of Mary's death. The screening will place in Chagford church where she is buried. Hurrah! We can't wait to share it with you.



tom and mary

whyddon children

mary with puritans

Photos: Teresa Snow

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