YEAR 2007
GENRE COMEDY
DURATION 75 mins
RATIO 16.9
COLOUR
IMDB
The sleepy English village of Ravenswood has always been a mystical place; tales of ghosts, ley-lines, fairies and the devil have all been
part of the village's heritage for over a thousand years.But nothing prepared the villagers for one summer's day in the mid nineteen
sixties; an alleged UFO abduction of a local farmer catipulted the village into a mecca for conspiracy theorists, paranormal 
investigators and new age gurus.

And now, with the UFO allegedly returning to the village, a tribal conflict is brewing between the local 
residents and the 'spiritual pirates' who have invaded their green and pleasant land.

This is a close encounter of the rural kind!


Starring
Rupert Booth Narrator  Heather Tracy Gwen Goodie  Adrian Palmer George Goodie  Marq English Dominic Clay
Karla McKenna Amber Chakra  Giuliano Zampi Gerald Burke  Eve Webster Laura Cavendish  Mark Trinick Miles Cavendish
Mark Bennett Rev Magister  Elizabeth Newman Rhiannon  Richard Aloi Oscar Steinman  Gill Stoker Mary Blake
Richard Stoker Morris Blake  Tony Kemp Reginald Elliott  Rachel Watkins Audrey Philpott
Written, Edited and Directed by Marq English
Director of Photography David Wells  Songs and Lyrics by Heather Tracy
Production Assisitants Mary Newman Mark Bennett Suzie Saker James Rogers


Presented here is the RETURN TO RAVENSWOOD Movie and Extra Features.
Please click on the Vimeo or YouTube link below the image to view.
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RETURN TO RAVENSWOOD
A Close Encounter of the Rural Kind!
RURAL ENCOUNTERS FEATURETTE
The Making of RETURN TO RAVENSWOOD
RETURN TO RAVENSWOOD TRAILER
Movie Trailer for RETURN TO RAVENSWOOD
RETURN TO RAVENSWOOD OUTAKES
Footage of when things don't quite go to plan
BEHIND THE SCENES
Footage from the Making of the Movie
RETURN TO RAVENSWOOD PREMIERE
Premiere Video Diary for the Movie
RAVENSWOOD MOVIE TRAILER
Trailer to the 2013 Comedy Sequel

Return to Ravenswood is the type of film known as a mockumentary, a fictional story that is shot in the style of a standard documentary.
The actors play their roles straight and naturalistic to give an emphasis on realism and authenticity. To explain this further, the script is
structured to detail what’s to be achieved in each scene but there is absolutely no dialogue written down…not a jot…zilch…bugger all! This
unorthodox method allows the narrative to remain fresh and spontaneous whilst giving the room for actors to have some fun with
their characters. 
Readthrough in Wimbledon - April 2005
DP David Wells
Marq acting up as 'Dom Clay'
Prepping with the script

The premise for the film originates from various documentaries about paranormal incidents. Another source is the BBC’s recent documentaries
about The National Trust and in particular an episode called ‘The Stones’. This presented the ongoing conflict between pagans and new
age worshipers, wanting to celebrate the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge (21st June) and English Heritage trying to meet their needs whilst
protecting their own agenda. Ever since the infamous ‘Battle of the Beanfield’ in 1986 (a violent clash between police and new age travellers at
Stonehenge), there has been an uneasy relationship between the authorities and the so-called ‘counter culture’ that is only now having
bridges built.
A break from filming at Covent Garden
Rupert Booth recording narration
Filming outside Treadwells in London
Recording the Music

The UFO plot is the extra plot layer that I wanted to add to the mix. Personally, I find the subject of ‘little green men from outer space’ a
little bizarre; the fact that people actually believe alien beings would travel billions of miles through space just to turn up at the most remote,
desolate place on Earth and make themselves appear to a solitary farmer or lone driver in the middle of no-where a bit absurd…what does
that achieve? The famous inventor of the Communications Satellite and 2001: A Space Odyssey author Arthur C Clarke, said in 1977 that he
was annoyed with Steven Spielberg’s ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ because he couldn’t believe people take the subject of UFO’s so
seriously. So think of this production as a hybrid of all that is wonderful, mysterious and downright ubsurd in our world, rolled 
together in a neat bundle of improvised, new age shenanigans.

Establishment vs. Non-Establishment, Heathens vs. Heritage…let the battle commence!

The Hippie Girls of Ravenswood
Very first shot on the Movie
About to shoot with The Goodies
Sound Recordist Barry Heath

On Sunday 1st October 2006, we had our premiere screening of Return to Ravenswood. The film opened the 2006 Sutton Film Festival and
thought it would be a good opportunity for cast / crew and audience to view a cut of the film before finalising the production. I also wanted
to seek feedback from the audience to iron out any problems with story, pacing etc. The film went down very well and the performances were
given very positive feedback.


RETURN TO RAVENSWOOD Cast pose after the Premiere Screening

Although budget filmmaking is all about having to compromise, Ravenswood is pretty much the movie I wanted to make. This is a testament
to the contribution from the incredible cast and crew during the production and notable mention must go to David Wells, Heather Tracy and
Karla Mikenna for their invaluable support.  So I’ve a little bit of tweaking to do on the edit and finish off the making of featurette Rural Encounters
and the film is complete and ready for the festival circuit…then I’m going to have a lie down. 
Mark and Rupert at the Premiere
Mark and David prepare the screening
At The Portobello Film Festival
Eve Webster at the Premiere


PREMIERE
SUTTON FILM FESTIVAL 2006

Date: 1st October 2006
Venue: Secombe Theatre
Cheam Road, Sutton, Surrey, England

PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL 2007

Date: August 2007 
Venue: Westbourne Studios, Portobello, London 

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