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The Cave is, at heart, a coming of age tale, painted on a broad and imaginative otherworldly canvass.  Driven by its actors, it includes fine performances and a central tale faced by everyone.  Inspired by a tradition of great stories, it is desperate, thrilling, heartfelt, at times epic and always exciting …

 

THE STORY

 

In the deep oceans of space there are other Worlds.

 

The Cave is a fable set in another Galaxy.  It tells the tale of a young Prince thrown into the intrigue of politics following the death of his father, the great King Ganshaw.

 

Soon after his funeral Tiffen has a disturbing encounter with one of his father’s knights; Lord Scalunga.  He tells Tiffen how he saw his father die, how the Gods had deserted him …

 

Soon after bombs fall upon the Royal city as Scalunga tries to claim the throne … He must slay Tiffen and imprison the Queen to be crowned King.  He captures the Queen and despatches an assassin to cut Tiffen’s throat …

 

Tiffen’s life is saved by the shady Knight, Kaylem, who takes him deep within the caves of a neighbouring planet.  There he shocks Tiffen, telling him of the terrible deeds he committed for the late King.  As Tiffen begins to understand the nature of Kingship, they are attacked by servants of the great evil behind the throne.

 

Leaving the wounded Kaylem in the Cave, he must now face his enemy to claim the throne …

 

 

MAKING THE CAVE

 

The Cave was made as a graduate film in the Summer of 2003.  The telling of such a story has been a dream of mine for many years, so when half a chance presented itself, I took it.  I had been trying to write a screenplay for the story for a number of years, but just couldn’t tie it all together.  I was told that a friend Jody Monson was busy writing screenplays and he took the Cave and made it a fantastic tale.  It was now possible to start preproduction.

 

Locations were scouted in South London, Dorset and Surrey.  The haunted chalk caves of Chislehurst would supply the ghostly Cave of the title.  The mighty Cathedrals of Guildford and Rochester would supply the epic grandeur of the futuristic classical landscape.  Athelhampton Hall’s wonderful mix of styles provided the perfect Royal palace.

 

Sarah Kerr and I chose the costumes from the exhaustless BBC resources collection.

 

With a few names already in mind; Philip Ireland and Eric Mason (whose performance in Silverbeach showed a real talent) Carrie Austen arranged the casting.  Luckily both Philip and Eric were only too keen, which left a few sessions in London where we found the powerful Giles Foreman, the majestic Angela Dixon and the menacing Andrew Irvine.  The cast was dynamic and dedicated, we were ready to shoot …

 

It was a fantastic time to make a film; most of the crew had just worked together on another film, Silverbeach.  Peter Winslett and Anders Dahl worked a dream as Sound recordist and Cameraman.  Ben Blood joined as associate producer and Claudine Guida and Craig Cooper (superb DPs in their own right) found time from other shoots to help with the camera work.

 

We started shooting the green screen work at SIAD’s studio stages and then moved around our locations (approx 2000 miles around!), in a minibus and my trusty farmyard estate.  A day’s filming was lost to the gremlins of Chislehurst, otherwise the shoot was stressful but successful and ten days later it was finished.

 

The edit was a mammoth job (still unfinished at time of writing).  Editing a space fantasy on a home PC was always going to be a task, it turned out to be a mission.  There were times when I thought it would be impossible to finish, times when I was almost ready to throw in the towel, but now the end is in sight.  I cannot say how good it is, cannot say how it will be received.  I have lived inside the Cave for nearly two years (in more ways than one), and the only thing I can definitely say is that it is done, it exists, and all the effort and headaches have most definitely been worth it.