Production News – January 2017


by Brian Meetens, Film-making Co-ordinator

January 2017



Jim Anderson as Head of State Security, Sir Percy Thro-Upp, in John Lovell’s new comedy ‘I Spy’.



The comedy ‘I Spy’ is now complete and will receive its first screening at the club early this year.





A recently made comedy, ‘Turn it Up’ featuring Howard Johnson & Brian Meetens together with two more new short comedies, ‘Frozen Out’ and ‘High Jinks’ will also receive their initial screenings soon.



A new thriller entitled ‘Dead on Time’ is being slated for production during 2017 and further scripts are at the reading stage.

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.

November Reflection

Reflections on 2016balls

Dear Friends

Here we are again, approaching the year-end, with Christmas less than a month away.

And what a year it’s been! After Brexit and Trump, who would be surprised if Ed Balls defied all odds by winning Strictly Come Dancing?
(Editor: I would have been surprised! And you guessed it, Bob wrote this ‘Banter’ before Ed was eliminated!)

In the sporting arena too, it has been an amazing year with Team UK winning a record number of medals and to top it off, Andy Murray being hailed World No 1 tennis player.

It has also been quite a year for SDFM. We have had extraordinary success with some of our films in external competitions and the 1250th anniversary Ferring films have been a big hit, helping to raise valuable funds and also the club’s profile in the local community.

Our internal competitions also produced some good films. Brian and Barbara Meetens again won the Treasure Hunt with their amusing film around Shoreham-by-Sea and the Summer Shoot winning team, led by Ken Grainger, made an excellent film, ‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’

Well done to everyone who has helped make this such a successful year for our club.

It has been good to welcome several new members throughout the year and we hope they have enjoyed being involved in our very absorbing hobby of filmmaking. At this time, we should also bear a thought for those members who are no longer with us. They will be sadly missed.

I would like to extend sincere thanks to my fellow committee members for all the hard work that has been involved throughout the year.

Finally, at this time of goodwill, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Bob Summers
Chairman SDFM

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