Robin Hood movie dream’s on target

Nick Livesey, left, as Will Scarlett and Alan Pell as Robin Hood
Nick Livesey, left, as Will Scarlett and Alan Pell as Robin Hood

A film maker’s dream of creating a production good enough to grace Cannes is close to coming to fruition.

Budding director Alan Pell started making Robin Hood Son of Herne last June, his take on the classic story of Robin Hood.

Mr Pell, 55, and wife Lisa, 42, of Main Street, Rockingham, have been working together on the project, assisted by a cast of volunteers adorned in full period costume.

There are just six scenes left to shoot and once completed, there will be a premiere at the Sondes Arms in the village on August 11, raising money for Help for Heroes.

An enthusiastic crowd of more than 50 people have been involved and plenty of help has been forthcoming.

Rockingham Castle and Lyveden New Bield have both allowed the cast on site for filming, and the stables at Brigstock have lent horses for battle scenes.

Director Mr Pell said: “It has been very stressful and people have given up a lot of their time for nothing, but it has been very good.

“They have all been very generous because it is all for charity.

“The idea came from the old 1980s series Robin of Sherwood.

“I wanted to portray Robin and his relationship with his men.”

The cast came together after responding to an article in the Evening Telegraph.

Nick Livesey, who plays Will Scarlett, said: “It has been great fun.

“I’ve always fancied myself as a bit of an actor so going out to strut my stuff has been really good.”

Emma Challis, who plays Princess Arabella, said: “I want to go to drama school now. I’ve enjoyed the dressing up and meeting fantastic people.”

Mr Pell hopes to tour the film around county villages and screen it at the Corby Core. For more information, search for Robin Hood Son of Herne on Facebook.