Short film Magwitch premiers at Rochester Cathedral

Magwitch featuring Samuel Edward Cook and Candis Nergaard

Magwitch featuring Samuel Edward Cook and Candis Nergaard © Viola Films


Magwitch is a short film, inspired by Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations and premiers at Rochester Cathedral on Saturday 11th February – don’t miss it!

Magwitch was made by Viola Films to celebrate Charles Dickens bicentenary – his 200th birthday is on 7th February 2012. The action packed short film was conceived as a prequel to Great Expectations and tells the tale of famous convict Abel Magwitch.

The film was shot entirely in Kent at locations such as Upnor Castle, Eastgate House, Bishopstone Beach, the Salt Marshes of the River Medway, The Guildhall in Sandwich, Plaxtol Church and the countryside of the North Downs. Some of these locations inspired Dickens and featured in his work. They have also featured in various film and TV adaptions of his novels.

The cast includes some familiar faces, such as Samuel Edward Cook (Land Girls), who takes the lead role as Magwitch, and Candis Nergaard (Stuart: A Life Backwards, The Bill). Popular actor David Verrey (Little Dorrit, Red Dwarf, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason) also stars.

Director and screen play writer Samuel Supple commends Dickens’ work and explains why it was important to stay true to the source material, “It goes to show the talent this man had that each line of back-story is strong enough to stand as its own film or novel. I didn’t feel I needed to make anything up, all the material was just sitting there in the book.”

The premier of the film will be at Rochester Cathedral on Saturday 11th February and is a must for Dicken’s fans. The event will also include a screening of David Lean’s classic adaptation of Great Expectations, starring John Mills as pip and shot on the North Kent Marshes.

After the premier, Magwitch will be entered into various short film festivals including Medway’s own Dickens festival in June.

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