Film set in Rugby hits the screen

John Turner pictured with the cast of his film.
John Turner pictured with the cast of his film.

A low-budget short film set in Rugby has recently been released, thanks to the support of businesses and organisations in the area.

The 15-minute film, Yesterday’s Man, features a range of acting talent from Rugby Theatre, as well as some people who were new to film-making. Of the seven people who met on the day of filming, only two knew each other beforehand.

The film was created by John Turner in two weeks, which included writing the script, advertising for the cast and crew, filming, editing and entering an Arts Picturehouse Short Film competition in Liverpool.

John, who works as a school teacher, said: “Because of the limited time left to enter, we had to make a few sacrifices in terms of quality of sound and the limitation of re-shooting scenes, but nonetheless, the day was a huge success and we all had fun and learnt a lot.”

Friends of Howard Scott Walker, the film’s lead actor, allowed one of the scenes to take place at Garden Gate Flowers in Regent Street.

Filming also took place in Caldecott Park, with permission granted by the park’s manager.

Paul Stanley, who runs The Bull Inn with his wife, continued to serve customers at their pub while filming took place beind the bar.

John added: “Although the competition took place in Liverpool where I’m from, I chose to film in Rugby because it has a real community spirit, which is clearly proven by how willing people were to facilitate artistic endeavours such as this.” Yesterday’s Man tells the story of Wilder, a man trapped in a world where he longs for the past and is unable to operate in the present.

Failing to communicate amicably with those around him, or at least be heard and understood by them, Wilder plunges further into despair. His ultimate downfall, however, is an unpredictable but darkly comic one.

Yesterday’s Man can be viewed online at

It last less than 15 minutes, but viewer discretion is advised, as the film contains some strong language.

It has also been announced that John Turner’s short climate change awareness movie, ‘The Mad Prophet’ is one of 76 films chosen from more than 750 entries worldwide to be entered into the

The festival runs in partnership with The United Nations and BNP Paribas and voting from viewers for video shorts has started, running until the end of the month.

If he wins enough votes in The Audience Award, Mr Turner could win €1,000 and a paid trip to Paris to the Awards Night.

The overall prize for the competition is €30,000 to make a feature-length film.

Votes can be made on the festival website (voters will need to set up a free account with the festival).