It’s here! It’s now available on YouTube, our much awaited for film written, directed, acted and filmed by the students of Bishops Park College (now Clacton Coastal Academy). To view parts 1 & 2 please click on the following urls:
Lost Treasure in Jaywick was written, directed, filmed and acted by students from Clacton Coastal Academy, formerly known as Bishops Park College.
The Young Roots Heritage Lottery Fund project in conjunction with a local Essex charity, CoastNet, was a short fictional film inspired by the 1953 floods.
In April the students conducted oral history interviews with elderly residents of Jaywick and Clacton. The students wrote and shot the film during the summer. Their story involves a treasure hunt around Jaywick and Claction and a love story between fictional characters Sweet Tina and a 1950s gangster known as Jimmy the Dip.
The characters were inspired by an old photograph of a gentleman in an old fashioned suit and gangster hat from early Jaywick. Sweet Tina is a popular landmark in Jaywick and is actually a curtain and fabric shop but the students were so taken with the name that they wanted to incorporate it into their story.
Juliana Vandegrift, from CoastNet, said: “The students have worked really hard to produce a wonderful short film with an interesting twist at the end.”
(Source: East Anglian Daily Times, 16th September)
Students at Bishops Park College completed the main bulk of their film project this week. Filming took place at the house of one student’s relative who very kindly lent their kitchen for the film shoot. With filming completed, and just the minor pick up shots to complete, the only thing which separates the students from the film’s premiere in September is their eager anticipation and a long wait while the editing is completed over the summer holidays. Details of the film’s premiere will be announced in September.
There will also be an exhibition of the making of the project, details to be announced.
CoastNet would like to dearly thank all the helpful residents and businesses of Jaywick, Seawick and Clacton who’ve allowed us to film on their premises, in and round the area. This includes the Low Tide Cafe, First Essex buses, Clacton Pier, Seawick Holiday Park, Sweet Tina’s, Laura’s auntie for her house loan (!), the Jaywick Community Resource Centre and all the actors who’ve contributed too. Last but not least we would also like to thank the residents of Jaywick and Clacton who contributed to the project with their interviews and either directly or indirectly inspired the story plot. Thank you William Stevenson, Mary Puddick, Dick Harmon, Peter Wright, Shirley Hooton, Olive Richardson and those from Clacton Pier who gave us vox pops!
On the final day of filming the students were presented with Certificates of Achievement by the CoastNet team on behalf of CoastNet and the Heritage Lottery Fund. It’s been such a great project working together and heaps of fun and it’s pretty sad to be drawing to a close, but at least the students’ have the final excitement of seeing the finished product and all their hard work on the big screen! Editing commences with the help of the students over the summer break!
Seawick Holiday Park generously lent one of its caravans for filming to the students from Bishops Park photography club the other day. Students were filming a scene from their short film ‘Lost Treasure in Jaywick’.
More than a dozen students crammed into the space for a couple of hours to film the scene where one group of characters is spied on by another and plans are hatched to get to the treasure first!
Students from Bishops Park College spent the afternoon filming ‘Lost Treasure in Jaywick’ at the local Low Tide Cafe in Jaywick last Wednesday. The students wanted to include as many local landmarks as possible in their Jaywick story and the cafe is very popular with local residents, as well as tourists. The staff made us feel very welcome and were so kind and generous providing snacks for the students while they filmed. Watch out for the Low Ttide Cafe scene and the first appearance of the film’s ficticious character, Sweet Tina! Coming soon…
Filming the very first scene of any film is always a tense and pressured time. No one is sure how it’s going to be, the actors are getting to know each other, the director is bonding with the cast, the camera and lighting team are setting up. Well imagine managing all this and in addition your first scene involves crawling around in a dark and cramped attic?! This is what the first scene of Lost Treasure in Jaywick involved. The actors were troopers and with the direction of Mollie-Ann Star it was a wrap after a few short takes!
As part of a continuing Young Roots Heritage Lottery Fund project in conjunction with CoastNet, the students have written their own story and a twelve page film script using heritage stories and a creative fictional plot based around Jaywick and Clacton. The film is part of the Young Roots Heritage Lottery fund project entitled: Jaywick: Life on the Edge. CoastNet has provided training for filming and media skills and techniques in oral history interviewing and project management. Youngsters from the Bishops Park photography club have had their first two filming sessions on location in Jaywick and Clacton.
In April the students conducted oral history interviews with elderly residents of Jaywick and Clacton. Inspired by the interviews and old photographs of Jaywick and the1953 floods the students have written their own story and script for a short film called ‘Lost Treasure in Jaywick’.
Their story involves a treasure hunt around Jaywick and Clacton and a love story between fictional characters Sweet Tina and a 1950s gangster ‘Jimmy the Dip’. The characters were inspired by an old photograph of a gentleman in an old fashioned suit and gangster hat from early Jaywick.
Sweet Tina is a popular landmark in Jaywick and is actually a curtain and fabric shop but the students were so taken with the name that they wanted to incorporate it into their story.
Juliana Vandegrift of CoastNet comments, “It’s been such fun working with the students on this project. They have produced a wonderful story and script inspired by local stories and photographs of Jaywick and bygone eras. The students are now at the stage of acting their film and directing it. We will be filming over several afternoons between now and the end of school term. Future filming locations will be the local caravan park at Seawick, the Low Tide Cafe and Sweet Tina’s in Jaywick and in and around Clacton. Their film will be premiered at the Electric Palace Cinema in Harwich in September after it’s been edited over the summer.”
Mr John Claydon of the Environment Agency recently popped in to give the students of Bishop’s Park Media Club a chat about the historical floods of Jaywick. Afterwards the students filmed an interview with Mr Claydon and got to ask him some follow up questions.
William Stevens has a fifty year association with Jaywick. Originally from Colchester, William’s full time association with Jaywick began when he married Pam, the daughter of the owner of Dot’s news agents, the famous landmark in Jaywick.
“My first impressions of Jaywick when I used to come here originally as a young boy was it was very busy. It was vastly different to what it is today.”
William took on Dot’s newsagents when his father-in-law passed away and it is still very much a staple ingredient of the Broadway in Jaywick. But Dot’s wasn’t always based on the Broadway. It started out as a beach hut along the seafront. William’s father-in-law had a sister called Dot who’d been quite ill and she needed something to do. Jaywick was then developing; it was only barely a year old. His father-in-law rented a hut on the beach for ten pounds a month in 1930 for the first location of Dot’s. Dorothy managed the shop and it became fondly known as ‘Dot’s’ by everyone in Jaywick. Dot’s grew and grew until what it’s become today. Of course there has been a war, floods and ups and downs in between that’s affected it over the years.
A little known fact about Dot’s the newsagents is it was the first building in the Clacton area to have a television set. “My father-in-law with his father had an electrical business in Clacton. Televisions were in their infancy in the 1950s and they thought they’d try it out and take advantage of their high building. In 1954 they put a 90ft Ariel on top and got the first television pictures in Jaywick. They had quite a crowd in front room to look at them. The TV picture was interrupted by signal interference every time a car drove past and this was the case up until the 1960s when cars had suppressors put in them.
Mr Stevens is the Chairman for the local history society in Jaywick and they house a magnificent collection of old photographs, including one of the TV Ariel. He would be happy for anyone to contact him for further information or if you wish to donate pictures to the archive.
Students from the Bishops Park Photography Club were taken on a tour of the Brooklands estate at Jaywick to look for possible film locations for their anticipated film project in September.
The trip revealed some unexpected outcomes and colourful discussions with the local residents who came out to see who was photographing their neighbourhood! The students were fortunate enough to meet a lady from Romania who has lived in Jaywick for thirty years and loves the community.
Other groups of students went about looking for older style bungalow chalets to use for the film. They had an archive of photos including ‘Type A’ and ‘Type B’ chalets. Their enthusiastic search was rewarded by results! See below for comparisons of then and now in Brooklands.
Bungalow Type A c. 1955, Brooklands:
Bungalow Type B in Brooklands, C. 1955: