The collection of former mining towns that is the Dearne Valley may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of the movie making business.
But the former coalfields area was identified as the perfect location by one production company - which decided to shoot their latest film in the area.
The Railway Carriage is a psychological horror film in which the lead character, called John, is trapped in a dream like world in which he is beset with flashbacks of being trapped in a train carriage.
The 10-minute short was filmed over four days earlier this year at Elsecar Heritage Centre, in Bolton-on-Dearne and at Elston Chapel in Nottinghamshire. It is has proven popular with critics so far and was chosen to be screened at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Cutting Edge Film Festival in Newcastle.
Lead actor Dean Sills, 47, of Bolton-on-Dearne, said: “At the Fringe, there were 2,101 submissions from 99 countries across the world. Only 50 independent films were selected from 23 countries and The Railway Carriage was one of the lucky 50!
“My character John is a dark character who finds himself trapped in a dream like world where there is no easy escape.
“I enjoyed the shoot very much and it was a fantastic experience.”
The former painter and decorator decided on a career change a few years ago and since 2012 has appeared in more than 30 productions.
He said: “I just got the acting bug on set and went from being an extra to doing speaking roles, bit parts to supporting roles and now lead roles. I just have a huge passion for it.”
The Railway Carriage was written, financed and directed by Doncaster-based Ross Adgar, of Adgar Productions. The 21-year-old student, of Tickhill, said: “The response to the film has been amazing with lots of people reviewing the film positively.”
A trailer for the film can be seen on Youtube at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ysf2eDENNS0