A cold war experiment into
spying turns out to be a dangerous game. The dead are not always the
friends of the living.
"Prudence a middle aged
psychic is again drawn into the world of cold war spies when she is
recruited to find a missing secret agent. Accompanied by her spirit
guide she enters the shadowy world of master spy, Mr Calabrese.
Believing himself to be in control of the situation his world is turned
upside down as it becomes apparent that the world of the spirits has a
different agenda. This is a Faustian tale, a psychological thriller
with a supernatural twist. The story takes as its premise real
experiments into remote viewing and is an exploration of the
possibilities that emerge from a real historical moment, that of the
arrest of Helen Duncan for spying in 1944, and asks the question what
Directed by Lorne
& Written by Roy Hanney For detailed cast and
check out the imdb page here.
Watch a short documentary on the making of The Abaddon File.
Watch a news item from 17-03-07 on the shoot at Fort Widely. Clip supplied courtesy of BBC South Today
Portsmouth filmmakers have got
together to make a short film inspired by the story of Helen Duncan, a
Scottish housewife and noted medium, who was arrested in Portsmouth for
witchcraft during World War 2.
Writer and producer Roy Hanney
says. “The story picks up after the war and tells the story of how
Prudence, a middle aged psychic, is drawn into the world of cold war
spies when she is recruited to find a missing secret agent. Accompanied
by her spirit guide she enters the shadowy world of a master spy.
Believing he is in control of the situation, it becomes apparent that
the world of the spirits has a different story to tell.”
The action was all being shot at
Widley on Portsdown Hill, thanks to generous support for the film from
the Peter Ashley Activity Centre. “An example of the great potential
for locations around Portsmouth.” Roy adds as a note. The idea came
about after a chance meeting in the offices of Southampton Media agency
the idea grew into a film. Having worked with City Eye on
the production of his last short “The Collector”, Director Lorne Guy
was on the hunt for a project and saw the potential in the script right
Roy agrees that the City Eye
connection has been important as has meeting Production Manager Chris
McDermott who feels the film should has been a catalyst. “It’s like a
challenge to other filmmakers to get out and just make a film,” says
Chris, who has a long history in Portsmouth having spent twenty years
in the Navy before working as a professional filmmaker. He believes
there is a lot of local talent around, while many of the local film and
TV professionals have to go to London to work. Among others local studio and lighting hire
Production Services provide power, lighting equipment and crew on
location.He adds, “We want to
say, come to Portsmouth to shoot your films” and points to Film
Hampshire as a useful locations service operating in the area.
Pointing out film and TV costume
business Sabre Sales in Castle Street as an example, Art
Stevens lists all the benefits of shooting in Pompey, “It’s all here,
you can just get on with it”.
Aimed at TV and short film
is now being distributed by Shorts
International and will be on your