SAE Oxford student shoots debut feature film

20 Jun 2017

An SAE Oxford student will finalise his studies this September with not just a degree, but having completed his first ever feature film.

Director and co-producer Jason Farries has spent the past two weeks living and filming at the beautiful Stratton Audley Park, near Bicester, for his debut film An Inspector Calls.

Filmed on a Arri ALEXA camera, the drama is an adaptation of J. B Priestley’s classic thriller which has featured on both the West End and Broadway.

“Originally, I was going to do a short film, but it changed when I was approached by someone who I had worked with on a previous project, about this location,” said Jason.

“That’s when I suddenly decided no I’m going to create a full-length feature because I’m going to make use of this space and stunning location.”

Jason said while it is a low-budget film, the production value has increased significantly thanks to the kindness of the local Oxfordshire community who have supported him with period costumes and props.

“We’ve been lucky to have a vintage car lended to us by the folks at Bicester Heritage and have received a lot of help from the Oxfordshire Drama Wardrobe.”

The young filmmaker is now in talks with a range of producers and is hoping to get his debut film to premier at a London cinema. He will also enter the final cut into a string of national and international film festivals.

“I will definitely try and get it on the festival run. I’m talking to a few people now about which are the best festivals to go with it. I would love to win some awards for it. Then what would be really cool, is if maybe it could get distributed on some streaming platform.”

Jason hopes to have the film completed by August, which he will submit to SAE’s film department along with his dissertation.