Thanks to National Lottery funding, the Chagford Film Festival splashed out a whacking £5,000 to hire two state-of-the-art projectors and an incredible high quality sound system to screen the Chagford Filmmaking Group‘s Mary Whyddon.
Some 370 years after Mary’s tragic life, her the film of her story unfolds across the facade of the house where she lived and the church where she died.
An eight-minute sequence of images taken from the forthcoming feature film has created especially for this event.
The film tells the story of Mary Whyddon – the beautiful daughter of Chagford’s leading family – who was shot on her wedding day in 1641. Mary lived in the building which is now The Three Crowns; she died and is buried in the church. Her grave in the chancel bears the touching inscription: “Behold a matron yet a maid”
The film will be accompanied by a haunting, yet explosive soundtrack composed by Elizabeth-Jane Baldry.
Audiences were blown away with the first screenings by hearing the dramatic music and the fatal gunshot echoing across the graveyard under a Dartmoor night sky with a waxing moon and scudding clouds.
The first screening is at 7.30pm, repeated every 15 minutes to 9.30pm