Fans left star struck as film star Colm Meaney and crew descends on Debenham to shoot new movie Confession
Film crews descended upon the quiet village of Debenham, Suffolk, last week, as filming got under way for a major release blockbuster.
Irish film star Colm Meaney – best known for his roles in Layer Cake, Con Air and Star Trek – is amongst a number of high-profile actors to star in Confession, a moody thriller about a man desperate to confess after being plagued by his wrongdoings.
Film crews, trailers and scaffolds could be seen assembled outside St Mary’s Church, in High Street.
Jane Baldwin, chairman of Debenham Parish Council, spoke of residents’ excitement at the project.
“We have had to respect the Covid guidelines and not encroach too much on them, but a lot of people were a little star struck because they all wanted to catch a sight of Colm Meaney,” she said.
“We have a lot of Star Trek fans in Debenham, it turns out.”
She added that the film had provided much-needed relief from the turmoil of the past nine months.
“It was certainly unexpected, but it’s been very well received,” she said.
“It’s been something positive in a time of uncertainty and strangeness, with everything that’s going on.
“There’s not been a lot to talk about anything but Covid recently, so this is a nice change.”
The film is produced by local production company Picture Perfect, which is run by former actor and Suffolk native Lucinda Rhodes Thakrar, who herself used to live in Debenham.
The majority of cast and crew on the film are also believed to be from Suffolk or Norfolk.
Ms Baldwin said that the production company’s investment in the local community had not gone unnoticed, adding that the filming would provide a much-needed boost for St Mary’s Church, which has had to remain closed to parishioners for much of the pandemic.
“They do have a very good ethos of keeping it local and using the local community as much as possible,” she said.
“I know they have filmed in a couple of other areas of the village in the past.
“They have always been very professional, and Suffolk clearly means a lot to them, so it’s great that they have brought something back to the economy.
“We are really pleased, and it’s really nice to see the church was being used when it wasn’t allowed to be open, so it’s a good revenue for them.”
Written and directed by The Hatton Garden Job director David Beton, Confession follows the story of Victor Strong, played by American hit-show True Blood’s Stephen Moyer, who kidnaps a priest, played by Meaney, in a desperate attempt to confess for his sins.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter last month, Beton said:“I feel extremely privileged and excited to be working with such a fantastic cast on Confession.
“Lucinda from Picture Perfect has been superb. I’m sure this will be the first of many. Let’s end 2020 with a bang.”
Children of Men and Seven Second star Clare-Hope Ashitey also joins the star studded line-up, and the film is expected to be released in early-2021.