Imagine being imprisoned in a cage somewhere in America.
Seaford-based director and writer Warren Dudley did just that and succeeded in making a movie that was filmed at Newhaven Fort.
It stars Lucy-Jane Quinlan as a Seattle chat line worker and the voice of Patriot Games and Sleeping with the Enemy Irish actor Patrick Bergin.
Book a ticket for Seaford Community Cinema’s exclusive showing of Cage on Friday, March 3, at the Barn Theatre and you will get to see it before its launch on Amazon Prime a month later.
Warren and Lucy-Jane will be attending the screening and will be answering questions put to them by the audience.
Cage is being shown to raise money for the theatre’s new kitchen and the £10 tickets include a free drink and canapés.
Warren, 43, who used to be in the printing and web design industries, two years ago took the plunge into full-time directing and screenwriting after making a small film with Sussex man Rick Robert and filming TV pilots.
His wife Cath is manager at Newhaven Fort so it made sense to shoot there, largely inside the atmospheric and large Romney Hut.
Warren said: “The cage was in the middle and it was cold. Lucy, who is London-based, is massively talented. It took two-and-a-half weeks to film working sequentially from nine to six every day. We were lucky to be able to do that because it made make-up much easier, with Lucy having to look increasingly distressed.”
The scary soundtrack was composed by Brighton musician Richey Rynkowsky.
The entire team totalled six.
“On a feature film you would generally have at least 50,” said Warren, “and I’ve seen people on set who don’t really have much to do, just wandering around with a radio. We were all busy. It was all designed to get a powerful film simply.”
In 2015 Warren wrote and directed the horror The Cutting Room. Filmed in and around Seaford and Newhaven, it was premiered at the Barn Theatre and was sold in Tesco, HMV and many VOD networks. The film is currently averaging 45,000 views a month.
This was followed up by the writing of 1970s football comedy The Bromley Boys, starring Alan Davies and Martine McCutcheon, and originally inspired by Newhaven football club ground. The film was shot last year and is due for cinema release in September.
To book tickets for Cage go to www.seafordcinema.org or buy them from the Tourist Information Centre, Church Street, or on the door.
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