Guernsey Press

Post-apocalyptic short film shoot at Vazon Bay

VAZON beach was closed on Saturday to allow movie filming to take place.

The beach at Vazon was closed on Saturday for filming the short film Sands of Purgatory which is being made by White Rock Productions. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 32535208)

The beach between Fort Hommet and the Groynes closed at about 9am, and volunteers were stationed around the beach entrances to avoid interruptions to filming. The crew finished at about 6.30pm.

The beach will form the backdrop of a scene in the Sands of Purgatory – a post-apocalyptic action short film about Artemis’ quest for revenge against the zealots who murdered her partner, Rhea.

It is being made by White Rock Productions, which has previously made Occupied – a drama about living under the Occupation, and Dare to Dream – which is about a young chef pushing himself to his limits.

The latest film includes a number of well-known local actors, such as Brandon Ashplant, Dave Hyett and Sapphire Brewer-Marchant.

Alex Bates, its writer and director, said it had been a wonderful day of filming.

‘We had a few actors and crew over from the UK, and they have joined our big local crew and actors,’ he said.

‘It’s been really nice to see it all coming together.’

Torrential rain in the afternoon did cause some disruption, but Mr Bates said they managed to do all the filming they needed.

‘Everyone was so committed,’ he said.

One of the volunteers on the cordon helping on Saturday, who asked not to be named, said it had been a good day.

‘It’s been fantastic how supportive the public have been,’ she said.

‘Most people have been really understanding.’

She said she was glad to volunteer, and she had been learning a lot about costumes from the filming team.

‘It’s important we support local projects like this,’ she said.

‘We have some amazingly talented young people.’

The finished film will be about 30 minutes long, and despite the many hours of filming, the Vazon section is likely to be only a few minutes long.

There is 10 days of filming taking place until 25 September, and yesterday the crew were filming inside Les Vardes dolmen.

Mr Bates said he hoped the film would be released sometime next year, hopefully in the early part of 2024.