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Village 'perfect site' for meteor-strike film

Life in Aylesford has many qualities, but a film-maker has declared it the perfect place for a scene of death and devastation.

A short film, called Anglesey Road, is being produced by Castle Valley Films, and will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival next year.

On Sunday, filming will take place in a field in the village to create the scene of a meteorite hitting earth and killing a seven-year-old girl.

Land owned by Cemex, in Rochester Road, will be used for the filming.

Russell Owen, creative director of London-based Castle Valley Films, said: “I chose Aylesford because I am a student at the Kent Institute of Art and Design and I knew the area.

“The field we are using already has a hole dug in it from quarrying and so is the perfect location.”

Anglesey Road deals with the issue of domestic abuse. Before the meteorite hits earth, the action will centre on the occupants of four terraced houses, all dealing with some form of abuse or suicidal thoughts.

Mr Owen added: “On the day we will be building a set of miniature houses in the field to create the terraced houses, but they will only be four feet high.

“On screen, of course, they will look like the proper size.”

The film stars actors who are London-based, including James Robinson, who played the young William Wallace in the Mel Gibson film Braveheart.

Mr Owen added: “We would also like to remind people not to be unduly alarmed if they see smoke over the field.

“We have smoke machines and it will just be special effects.”

He has also promised a free screening of Anglesey Road in the village.

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