Picture gallery: Home town of Saffron Walden is backdrop for former County High student’s debut movie

12:56 06 June 2014

Kelly Clare with former Eastenders star Peter Dean in Saffron Walden.

Kelly Clare with former Eastenders star Peter Dean in Saffron Walden.

Archant

It was a case of lights, camera, action in Saffron Walden when a former County High student returned to the town to shoot a short film with the help of a soap star.

Kelly Clare, who was a regular in Saffron Players’ pantomimes before moving to London to pursue an acting career, wrote and directed Meliorism.

She penned a part for Peter Dean, famous for playing fruit & veg man Pete Beale in BBC soap EastEnders, after working with him on her first acting job, and he jumped at the chance to be involved.

A few weeks ago Kelly and Peter, along with a crew and other cast members, visited the town to shoot parts of the film.

Kelly said: “Having finished my most recent advert, I decided to put the money I made into some work of my own.

“I’ve always been passionate about film and TV, and knew that combining my training at Arts Educational with my experience whilst working, I could make something really exciting. So I wrote my script, Meliorism, a short film that I hope to get in to film festivals over the next year.

“I decided that as I grew up in Saffron Walden and it is such a beautiful town, it would be really special to film it here, so I began location scouting to find the perfect places.”

Eagle-eyed residents might be able to spot a few Saffron Walden businesses and sights in the film, which is based on the idea that a stranger can change your day.

Kelly, 26, who has appeared in adverts, short films and a West End showcase, said: “I found the perfect locations in Molly’s Coffee and Cake Shop, and the staff at Cross Keys were beyond helpful, agreeing immediately to let us shoot there. Also the town council were fantastic in giving us access to both the town hall and Bridge End Garden.

“I was extremely touched that everyone was so accommodating. The shoot was fantastic. As my writing and directorial debut, it was a really amazing experience.”

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Saffron Walden Reporter visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Saffron Walden Reporter staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Saffron Walden Reporter account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Fri, 15:01
Brother and sister saffron team David Smale and Penny Attwood, with Mark Starte of Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre.

A brother and sister have teamed up to put the spice back into Saffron Walden.

Fri, 11:46
Councillors defeated the vote of no confidence in Uttlesford District Council (UDC) leader, cllr Howard Rolfe, by 31 votes to 10.

Last night (Thursday) the leader of Uttlesford District Council (UDC) survived a vote of no confidence, amid a meeting packed full of posturing, accusations and apologies.

Thu, 12:12
Peter Day pictured with UKIP leader Nigel Farage. PHOTO: Victoria Thirtle.

A former Cambridge city councillor has been announced as the UKIP candidate for Saffron Walden at the general election next year.

Thu, 10:36
Theresa Sandeman-Charles

A woman who had been battling one of the world’s rarest lung diseases died last Friday – 12 months after inspiring more than 10,000 people to sign up to the organ donor register.

E-edition

Most read stories