Published: February 9, 2012
Lights, camera, action! Brean Down is focus for wartime mystery movie

Brean DownBrean Down was turned into a film set this week when the rocky outcrop became the focus of attention for a mystery movie.

Called 256 Steps, the wartime film was shot on location on the Down over three days.

Directed by media students from Bridgwater College, Jessie Hawkes and Jake Hodge, the fictional film revolves around a wartime tale with a modern twist.

Jessie 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 oversaw the film, which had a team of more than a dozen young people working on it, including several from the Burnham area.

"We decided that Brean Down Fort would be a beautiful location to film, and would really set the mood, style and time period," added Jessie.

"Filming has gone really well - the organisation and professionalism from the production team has really pushed our motivation to getting funding to make the full feature."

"We have had quite a lot of interest from the public, which we think is great. We have set up a Facebook page where we have uploaded photos from each day of filming for the public to see."

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

Jake and Jessie are aspiring young filmmakers who have both recently worked alongside Hollywood personalities Corey Feldman and Ed Furlong on a feature film shot in Somerset called The Zombie King.


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