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It’s a wrap for wacky Wolds
A SWINDON house and areas of Wanborough were the final locations for filming on the set of The Wolds, a wacky comedy being shot on locations around the county.
More than two years in the making, the project is a collaboration between scriptwriters and actors Gary Wronecki, 48, of Pasture Close, and Neil Parsons, 41, of Pewsham.
Inspired by dark and offbeat comedies including The League of Gentlemen, The Inbetweeners and The Fast Show, Gary and Neil have tried to portray an edgy side of the Cotswolds, with a host of strange and surprising characters.
“It is a fictional village set in the Cotswolds and it is going to be very silly,” Gary said during a break in filming.
“It is a sadistic and weird film. We have got the Cotswolds official constabulary services, two bilious debt collectors, and a crazy wheel-clamper. There is also a singing nun and a vicar who takes confessions via Twitter.”
The film is being directed by Sean Cronin, a director of photography, who after touring with his band The Marionettes in the 1980s and 1990s, supporting Pearl Jam and Nirvana, turned to acting and has had supporting roles in the films The World is Not Enough, The Mummy, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
“Me and Sean met on the sets of Bond and The Mummy. When we met we were painted in gold and wearing nappies, and not a lot has changed,” added Gary, who is hoping the film may be snapped up by a US studio.
“This is going to have a great local appeal unless people take umbrage to having the mickey taken out of them.
“We also have in-roads to a studio in the States through a relative. Saturday was the last day of filming, and now it will go for editing ahead of a local screening in January. This is 18 months of writing finally coming together.”
Neil said: “We have taken all the elements of comedies from the 70s, and took all the funny bits to make a comedy in which there is no down time. It is relentless. It looks a bit like lots of different sketches at first, but all our characters cross paths during the film.”
One scene features the welcome sign to Wanborough, which will be changed in editing to the name of the fictional village, and a house on Marlborough Road in Old Town has been used for some of the internal shots.
Actors in the project include Mark Kempner, who appeared in The World’s End with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and Tim Faraday from The Inbetweeners.
It has been shot by London company Magnificent Films, who have produced music videos for stars such as Lethal Bizzle, Ray Foxx and N-Dubz.
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