The Duchy sets the scene

Jacksons Bank - Shelter

Woodland at Jackson’s Bank on The Duchy of Lancaster’s Needwood Estate has played host to a dramatic battle scene which has been filmed for an ambitious short film on World War II.

Directed and produced by Markus Meedt and Patrick Gather, Shelter’ aims to portray the true impact of war and its effect on the soldiers, families, victims and survivors. It stars Derby-born Jack O’ Connell who has appeared in This is England, Eden Lake, Harry Brown, Skins and the recent BBC2 football drama ‘United’ as Bobby Charlton.

Speaking about the production, Markus Meedt said: “This was a huge and dramatic scene, particularly for a short film. It was made possible thanks to the support of the Northern World War II Association who supplied us with uniforms and weapons, the professional World War II re-enactors and The Duchy for kindly letting us use its land.”

Paul Clarke, CEO of The Duchy of Lancaster added: “Stretching over 35 hectares, Jacksons Bank is an extensive woodland which made it ideal for this historic re-enactment. We look forward to seeing Shelter and wish the production team every success.”

Funded by a small team of enthusiastic film makers, Shelter will be finished towards the end of 2011. It will then be sent to major national and international film festivals for a potential distribution deal, as well as being screened locally in Derby.