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Dancing Dog Saloon hosts film crew and cast including former Bill actor

A country and western bar is to feature on the big screen after it was used for a movie shoot.

The Dancing Dog Saloon at Bobbing was transformed for an upcoming feature film by production company Reel Entertainment.

The film, Life and Times of Holly Turner, will tell the true story about a mixed-race woman from Louisiana who was brought up by her white father and her three half-brothers in the heartland of racial hate in the United States in the 1930s.

Former 'Bill' actor Jeff Stewart during filming at The Dancing Dog Saloon
Former 'Bill' actor Jeff Stewart during filming at The Dancing Dog Saloon

Actor Jeffrey Stewart, best-known for his role as PC Reg Hollis in the ITV drama The Bill, is playing the role of Jack Sweeney, a farmer and close friend of Holly’s father Bill Turner.

Kevin Stone, of Channel 5’s Mind the Age Gap, is Sheriff George Hawkins.

Asked how the filming was going, Richard Phillips, director, screenwriter and producer, who owns Reel Entertainment, said: “It’s fabulous. So far it’s been good. I haven’t had a hiccup yet and long may that continue.”

Cast and crew at the Dancing Dog Saloon
Cast and crew at the Dancing Dog Saloon

The 62-year-old, who lives in Newington, added: “The shoot at the Dancing Dog was a great day. It’s just been a brilliant experience and I’m looking forward to the rest of it.”

The Dancing Dog Saloon was taken back in time earlier this month, from the 1860s to the 1930s, using props, lighting effects, green screens and, of course, character costumes.

It was the latest location in the area to be used for the shoot, with others including the Iwade marshes and Raspberry Hill Lane.

Director Richard Phillips and Jeff Stewart
Director Richard Phillips and Jeff Stewart

Mr Phillips, who has featured in a number of movies himself, including playing the part of a cabinet minister in The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep, said he was excited to be shooting his first major film.

“The story of Holly Turner is a fantastic story that’s never been told,” he added. “I can’t wait to see it on the big screen."

The deadline for the film to be finished is August.

Once complete, it will premiere at cinemas in Bromley, Croydon, Stevenage and Orpington at a date yet to be confirmed.

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