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Short film Whisper filmed at beach huts in Leysdown

By Lewis Dyson

Sheppey can add another big screen appearance to its growing list of credits after it provided the setting for a modern ghost story.

Whisper is a 10-minute short by Breakneck Films and was filmed entirely at a line of beach huts along the coast near Leysdown in October.

The story, which is likened to something by turn of the century author M. R. James, was written by Stewart Pringle, the artistic director of the Old Red Lion Theatre in London, who is also a contributor to a group called Theatre of the Damned.

Whisper being filmed on Sheppey. Picture: Laura Radford
Whisper being filmed on Sheppey. Picture: Laura Radford

Imogen Doel, who previously featured in Misfits on E4, plays a young woman who tries to get away from it all but ends up accidentally conjuring up a spirit.

It is described as having a similar feel to The Woman in Black in that the suspense is created through a less is more approach.

Director Jo Lewis said: “We were looking for somewhere really unspoiled and a feeling of desolate beauty – not that Sheppey is desolate but that particular part of it had that quality.

“Sheppey, for us, was a wonderful find. We were all really excited and there was a sense of us going out for a bit of a jolly. And it’s so accessible from London.”

She added the Sheppey coast also proved to be a popular choice for Ralph Fiennes who shot several scenes for an adaptation of Great Expectations near Elmley marshes in 2011.

Whisper, which is produced by former The Bill and London’s Burning actor Sam Callis, is being entered for film festivals and independent screenings. Details are hoped to be announced on the film’s Facebook page.

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