Production News – November 2016


by Brian Meetens, Film-making Co-ordinator

November 2016



The comedy ‘I Spy’ and drama/thriller’ The Picture’ have both completed and will receive their first screening at the club during early 2017.





A comedy short, ‘Turn it Up’ featuring Howard Johnson & Brian Meetens will also receive it’s first screening early in the year.



Scripts are currently being read and considered for production during 2017.


Members are requested to keep Production News informed if making films of any genre including Hot Shorts.

Also, if you have any ideas, stories or scripts you would like to offer to the Film Making sub-committee, we’ll be delighted to receive them.




Ferring 1250th Anniversary

Ferring’s 1250th Anniversary Film Premiere is hailed a success.


It was full a house at Ferring Village Hall on both Friday and Saturday night 28/29th October, when the 1250th Anniversary films received a public screening. The appreciative audiences clearly enjoyed the films, which depict life in the village filmed throughout 2015. Many familiar faces were in the audience and a good time was had by all. DVDs sold fast and remaining stocks are now on sale at Symonds Reading priced at £10 each.


Error. It has come to our attention that the November issue of All About Ferring under What’s On incorrectly states another showing of these films is taking place on 28th and 29th November. Please note this is a printing error and should be ignored.


SDFM Triumphs at The Sussex Film Festival

SDFM triumphs at The Sussex Film Festival


The Sussex Film Festival is an annual competition, open to amateur filmmakers throughout Sussex and attracts a wide range of productions from filmmaking clubs and individuals. This year’s festival was held – not at Cannes or Venice but at Wivelsfield Green Village Hall, near Burgess Hill on Sunday 9 October.


Twenty one films were entered for the competition, including five from SDFM.


Alan and Bob receiving awards for "The  bench by the sea"

Alan and Bob receiving award for “The bench by the sea”



The Bench by the Sea, a film by Alan Cross and Mike Spanton, won no less than four awards: Best Acting, Best Drama, Best Film in the Festival and a new award, the Mike Coad Trophy for the audience vote. This was a terrific achievement for two of our club’s newer members.

Howard and Bob receiving their award for "Are you sitting comfortably"

Howard and Bob receiving award for “Are you sitting comfortably”



Are You Sitting Comfortaby? – a documentary by David Allen, Ted Forman, Jim Anderson and Bryan Cox won awards for the Best Documentary and Best Club Entry. This film has enjoyed enormous success, having also won top awards at the SERIAC Festival and BIAFF this year.





Night Shift, a drama directed by Paul Webster and Brian Meetens, also won a commendation.


Congratulations to everyone who has been involved in the making of these films.


Bob Summers


October reflection

October reflection


This month marks the culmination of nearly two years work for our club in what has become known as the Ferring 1250 project. Towards the end of 2014, we were approached with the idea of making a film to commemorate the 1250th anniversary of St Andrew’s Church, Ferring. Executive Producer, Eileen Godfrey, initially held meetings with the PCC to discuss an outline for the film. As well as focusing on the church’s anniversary year, it was decided to invite the numerous clubs and social groups in the village to participate, thereby creating a lasting visual record of the local community in 2015.


Some 30 community groups expressed interest and throughout the year, film crews were assigned the task of filming them in action, as well as documenting the various church celebrations. These included a special service of thanksgiving, attended by the Bishop of Chichester.


The resulting two films – one covering the church year and the other depicting village life in 2015 – are scheduled for public screening at Ferring Village Hall on 28th and 29th October. DVDs are also being made available for purchase with part of any profits made being donated – at the church’s request – to local charity, Ferring Country Centre.


This has been a massive but interesting and worthwhile undertaking. It has provided a great opportunity for our members to get involved and I would like to thank everyone who has participated. Well done to you all. I am confident that it will be well received by the local community.


Bob Summers, Chairman


Ferring 1250 Premiere

Ferring 1250 Premiere


During 2015 the club was kept very busy shooting a lot of footage for “Ferring 1250”, a film specially commissioned to celebrate the 1250th anniversary year of St Andrew’s Church Ferring.


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Scene from Ferring 1250 

This is one of the clubs most ambitious projects so far, and shows not only a year in the life of of St. Andrews church but also the work done by many of the 80 community and voluntary groups in the village.

This mammoth undertaking has now been edited and compiled into a special commemorative film of ninety minutes duration.


The film will be premiered for members of the village at Ferring Village hall on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October starting at  7 p.m.. 



Tickets are available now for just £5 from The Henty Arms, 2 Ferring Lane and Symonds Reading, 86 Ferring Street or call Eileen on 01903 501656.

Scene from Ferring 1250

 Scene from Ferring 1250



A commemorative video will also be on sale on the two nights.