Published: January 15, 2012
Brean Down takes centre stage in wartime mystery movie

Brean Down is to be turned into a film set next month when the rocky outcrop becomes the centre of attention in a mystery movie.

The film, called 256 Steps, will be shot on location on the Down over three days during early February.

Directed and written by a Bournemouth media student, the fictional film is a wartime tale with a modern twist.

Brean DownDirector Jessie Hawkes told "The film's storyline revolves around a mystery that has baffled people for over 150 years. When the defenses were built to protect the Bristol Channel from the invasion of the French, a soldier called Leo was murdered on February 16th, 1870."

"He was never meant to die, causing a mysterious time loop that leaves soldiers repeating the same day over and over again. It takes two young adults in 2012 to break the curse on the parallel plane."

Production company JH Productions will oversee the film, which has a team of more than a dozen young people working on the title, including several from the Burnham area.

The short film is to be submitted to several film festivals and other production companies to seek enough funding to produce a feature-length version.

The filming will take place on Brean Down between Monday 6th and 8th February.


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