Hythe at Colchester becomes war zone for film

Gazette: A scene shot at Hythe for Ten A scene shot at Hythe for Ten

PART of the Hythe area of Colchester was turned into a war zone for two days, as film crews arrived to shoot scenes for a movie devised by a former Colchester soldier.

Ex-para sergeant Craig Wyting is the man behind the screenplay of Ten, a movie about the lives of soldiers returning to civilian life after leaving the Army.

The film explores the way society treats former soldiers and is being produced by award-winning Scruffy Bear Pictures director Darren Cook, a past winner of the Coup de Couer prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

The cast and crew spent two days shooting around the Hythe area of Colchester and Mr Wyting said everyone was delighted with the result.

He added : “We were over the moon to wake up on the first day of filming to find 89 members of the cast and crew had turned up for two blistering days of intense filming.

“Military vehicles, equipment, guns, a trench and derelict buildings formed part of the set, as well as effects for gunfire and bombs exploding, to bring the set alive.”

Mr Wyting, who lives on the Barn Hall Estate and is secretary of the North Essex Film Makers lives on a £600-a-month Army pension , plus just 10p a week in jobseeker’s allowance.

Earlier this year, his house was repossessed and he says he has spent years looking for work after 22 years in the Army.

Mr Wyting served in Colchester, first in 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, and then with the Royal Military Police and at the Military Corrective Training Centre, before leaving the Army in 2005.

The story in the film follows a soldier in Afghanistan, who is on his tenth tour of duty and about to leave the Army.

Mr Wyting said: “Darren Cook, the director, brought with him a fantastic and experienced crew.

“Many volunteers turned up to assist behind the scenes, including St John Ambulance people and the Colchester security company, Herlihy Secpro.”

Colchester and District Pipes and Drums band also played live on the set for some scenes, to provide background music.

Mr Wyting added: “A bugler sounded Reveille for the 3.30am start on the first day of filming and cameras rolled for the first scene at sunrise.

“The footage captured was impressive and many tears flowed as the production paid its respects to our fallen heroes in a scene which captured the saddest of moments when the reality of war was captured among the smoke and debris.”

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4:55pm Mon 27 Aug 12

SOMETHING2SAY says...

army pensions go against benefits as an unearned income....im on benefits due to health...and i get penalized because my partner ( divorced from a squaddie after 20yrs marriage ) so "we" have £60 a week taken into account and deducted from our benefits total. But this guys ( fought for Queen /country ) 10p allowance is just a joke . Better a Homeless Romanian gypsy with 4 kids.....country needs a revise.Glad to see this squaddie is getting his teeth into something tho....well done !
army pensions go against benefits as an unearned income....im on benefits due to health...and i get penalized because my partner ( divorced from a squaddie after 20yrs marriage ) so "we" have £60 a week taken into account and deducted from our benefits total. But this guys ( fought for Queen /country ) 10p allowance is just a joke . Better a Homeless Romanian gypsy with 4 kids.....country needs a revise.Glad to see this squaddie is getting his teeth into something tho....well done ! SOMETHING2SAY
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8:47pm Mon 27 Aug 12

seikothrill says...

Why go to the Hythe to film a warzone when Grimstead is less than a mile away and could provide the action with no props?
Why go to the Hythe to film a warzone when Grimstead is less than a mile away and could provide the action with no props? seikothrill
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9:36pm Mon 27 Aug 12

PROOFREADER says...

seikothrill wrote:
Why go to the Hythe to film a warzone when Grimstead is less than a mile away and could provide the action with no props?
Grimstead? If you mean Greenstead you are wrong in calling it a warzone.
I have lived here for 14 years and I am very happy here, it is a nice place to live and most other residents like it too. There are plenty of grotty parts of Colchester but Greenstead is not one of them. Maybe they could have filmed where you live seikothrill wherever that may be!
[quote][p][bold]seikothrill[/bold] wrote: Why go to the Hythe to film a warzone when Grimstead is less than a mile away and could provide the action with no props?[/p][/quote]Grimstead? If you mean Greenstead you are wrong in calling it a warzone. I have lived here for 14 years and I am very happy here, it is a nice place to live and most other residents like it too. There are plenty of grotty parts of Colchester but Greenstead is not one of them. Maybe they could have filmed where you live seikothrill wherever that may be! PROOFREADER
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9:36pm Mon 27 Aug 12

PROOFREADER says...

seikothrill wrote:
Why go to the Hythe to film a warzone when Grimstead is less than a mile away and could provide the action with no props?
Grimstead? If you mean Greenstead you are wrong in calling it a warzone.
I have lived here for 14 years and I am very happy here, it is a nice place to live and most other residents like it too. There are plenty of grotty parts of Colchester but Greenstead is not one of them. Maybe they could have filmed where you live seikothrill wherever that may be!
[quote][p][bold]seikothrill[/bold] wrote: Why go to the Hythe to film a warzone when Grimstead is less than a mile away and could provide the action with no props?[/p][/quote]Grimstead? If you mean Greenstead you are wrong in calling it a warzone. I have lived here for 14 years and I am very happy here, it is a nice place to live and most other residents like it too. There are plenty of grotty parts of Colchester but Greenstead is not one of them. Maybe they could have filmed where you live seikothrill wherever that may be! PROOFREADER
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10:25pm Mon 27 Aug 12

seikothrill says...

Sorry for the insult but the Heineken has kicked in

Forest Road resident but due to escape next week
Sorry for the insult but the Heineken has kicked in Forest Road resident but due to escape next week seikothrill
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10:25pm Mon 27 Aug 12

seikothrill says...

Sorry for the insult but the Heineken has kicked in

Forest Road resident but due to escape next week
Sorry for the insult but the Heineken has kicked in Forest Road resident but due to escape next week seikothrill
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12:16am Tue 28 Aug 12

Colchesterperson says...

Greenstread nice and not grotty? Lol that has to be the funniest thing I've read, greenstead has to be the WORST place in colchester by far.
Greenstread nice and not grotty? Lol that has to be the funniest thing I've read, greenstead has to be the WORST place in colchester by far. Colchesterperson
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5:31am Tue 28 Aug 12

Charley-f says...

Sorry please tell me how this story of a true hero sharing his life has become an insult to a place in Colchester, lets concentrate on the matter in hand
Sorry please tell me how this story of a true hero sharing his life has become an insult to a place in Colchester, lets concentrate on the matter in hand Charley-f
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12:24pm Tue 28 Aug 12

AnotherGrumpyoldgit says...

And to think that these have not only missed the point but even worse.......they are this countries next generation !!!
And to think that these have not only missed the point but even worse.......they are this countries next generation !!! AnotherGrumpyoldgit
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1:58pm Tue 28 Aug 12

AnotherGrumpyoldgit says...

Charley-f wrote:
Sorry please tell me how this story of a true hero sharing his life has become an insult to a place in Colchester, lets concentrate on the matter in hand
Here Here Charley-f.
Being "One of the the involved" it saddens me to think that these fools are the ones that true heroes fight for.
BRING BACK NATIONAL SERVICE that would teach the little buggers how to respect and not to find true battle zones so jovial.
[quote][p][bold]Charley-f[/bold] wrote: Sorry please tell me how this story of a true hero sharing his life has become an insult to a place in Colchester, lets concentrate on the matter in hand[/p][/quote]Here Here Charley-f. Being "One of the the involved" it saddens me to think that these fools are the ones that true heroes fight for. BRING BACK NATIONAL SERVICE that would teach the little buggers how to respect and not to find true battle zones so jovial. AnotherGrumpyoldgit
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6:37pm Tue 28 Aug 12

Colchesterperson says...

Just because I said my view on greenstead doesn't mean I am a fool with no respect, I have much respect for the people who fight the war.
Just because I said my view on greenstead doesn't mean I am a fool with no respect, I have much respect for the people who fight the war. Colchesterperson
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8:48pm Tue 28 Aug 12

PROOFREADER says...

Colchesterperson wrote:
Just because I said my view on greenstead doesn't mean I am a fool with no respect, I have much respect for the people who fight the war.
Well it has suited lots of people over hundreds of years. Greenstead has existed since before the year 1066.
[quote][p][bold]Colchesterperson[/bold] wrote: Just because I said my view on greenstead doesn't mean I am a fool with no respect, I have much respect for the people who fight the war.[/p][/quote]Well it has suited lots of people over hundreds of years. Greenstead has existed since before the year 1066. PROOFREADER
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10:20pm Tue 28 Aug 12

Susan Fordham says...

EXCUSE ME!!...... I am one of the cast members of this film and I do not appreciate a debate on what we fill is something very important indeed. So can you kindly just stick to the matter in hand and show your support and respect please. thank you x
EXCUSE ME!!...... I am one of the cast members of this film and I do not appreciate a debate on what we fill is something very important indeed. So can you kindly just stick to the matter in hand and show your support and respect please. thank you x Susan Fordham
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9:01am Wed 29 Aug 12

romantic says...

Susan Fordham wrote:
EXCUSE ME!!...... I am one of the cast members of this film and I do not appreciate a debate on what we fill is something very important indeed. So can you kindly just stick to the matter in hand and show your support and respect please. thank you x
This site often leads to debate, sometimes good debate, sometimes fairly pointless, but everybody is entitled to have their say, however tangential to the original subject.
[quote][p][bold]Susan Fordham[/bold] wrote: EXCUSE ME!!...... I am one of the cast members of this film and I do not appreciate a debate on what we fill is something very important indeed. So can you kindly just stick to the matter in hand and show your support and respect please. thank you x[/p][/quote]This site often leads to debate, sometimes good debate, sometimes fairly pointless, but everybody is entitled to have their say, however tangential to the original subject. romantic
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12:34pm Wed 29 Aug 12

co2 says...

parts of greenstead are an embarrasment to colchester,large scale drug dealing,gangs causing anti social behaviour,is this the image we want for colchester?
parts of greenstead are an embarrasment to colchester,large scale drug dealing,gangs causing anti social behaviour,is this the image we want for colchester? co2
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1:54pm Wed 29 Aug 12

romantic says...

co2 wrote:
parts of greenstead are an embarrasment to colchester,large scale drug dealing,gangs causing anti social behaviour,is this the image we want for colchester?
co2, Greenstead is not as horrendous as you suggest. I grew up in a place just like it, with a reputation just the same, but actually if you lived there, it wasn´t nearly as bad as people suggested. Quite often, it would turn out that the people laying into the place had never even been there!

The vast majority of people in Greenstead live normal lives, they go to work, pay their bills. Yes, there is some drug dealing and some anti-social behaviour, but it´s not the daily reality of life for most of the people there. The problems are isolated and need to be dealt with, but let´s not write off the whole place, because it´s really not so bad.
[quote][p][bold]co2[/bold] wrote: parts of greenstead are an embarrasment to colchester,large scale drug dealing,gangs causing anti social behaviour,is this the image we want for colchester?[/p][/quote]co2, Greenstead is not as horrendous as you suggest. I grew up in a place just like it, with a reputation just the same, but actually if you lived there, it wasn´t nearly as bad as people suggested. Quite often, it would turn out that the people laying into the place had never even been there! The vast majority of people in Greenstead live normal lives, they go to work, pay their bills. Yes, there is some drug dealing and some anti-social behaviour, but it´s not the daily reality of life for most of the people there. The problems are isolated and need to be dealt with, but let´s not write off the whole place, because it´s really not so bad. romantic
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2:09pm Wed 29 Aug 12

Mitch Hill. says...

I don't know why there was so much flaming going on here, I am also a cast member for this film. My proffessional opinion of the way this films being made is very high, Mr Whiting is making what should be a pretty big budget film with just the volountary help of a lot of people. Some of these people are very highly respected filmmakers and actors, and I stress again, they are all volounteering their serivces as they beleive it to be a good cause. Guys, its awful fun sitting there taking pot shots and making witty little comments at the films expense, It is your right to do this,, but please remember, that the freedom to do this is paid for with the blood of soldiers--the very people we are trying to do right by with this film, so show a little respect please.
I don't know why there was so much flaming going on here, I am also a cast member for this film. My proffessional opinion of the way this films being made is very high, Mr Whiting is making what should be a pretty big budget film with just the volountary help of a lot of people. Some of these people are very highly respected filmmakers and actors, and I stress again, they are all volounteering their serivces as they beleive it to be a good cause. Guys, its awful fun sitting there taking pot shots and making witty little comments at the films expense, It is your right to do this,, but please remember, that the freedom to do this is paid for with the blood of soldiers--the very people we are trying to do right by with this film, so show a little respect please. Mitch Hill.
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2:31pm Wed 29 Aug 12

AnotherGrumpyoldgit says...

Here here Mitch Hill.
I agree we all have the right of debate, we also have the right to be treated as fellow human beings after serving and protecting. Also to be shown the respect for doing so and not thrown on the scrap heap. The brave Gurkha soldiers won their rights, respect and place with the help of Joanna Lumley, however, as yet our own guys only have us as their voice, so shout loud lads.

Nuff Said.
AGOG
(Oh and I think we should still bring back National Service)
Here here Mitch Hill. I agree we all have the right of debate, we also have the right to be treated as fellow human beings after serving and protecting. Also to be shown the respect for doing so and not thrown on the scrap heap. The brave Gurkha soldiers won their rights, respect and place with the help of Joanna Lumley, however, as yet our own guys only have us as their voice, so shout loud lads. Nuff Said. AGOG (Oh and I think we should still bring back National Service) AnotherGrumpyoldgit
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9:10pm Wed 29 Aug 12

Johnny T says...

Some really famous people come from greenstead
Some really famous people come from greenstead Johnny T
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10:34am Sun 2 Sep 12

Mr Doolittle says...

I can identify with both sides of this debate, and I have to admit that my first thought on reading the headline was similar to Seikothrill's. I wouldn't say though that it's being disrespectful, the British sense of humour kept us going through the dark days of WWII and it's one of the things that generations of soldiers have fought for to preserve. We tend to make light of desperate and difficult situations in order to make them more bearable and that's our way. I will always have the utmost respect for our armed forces and I'm sure that most of the posters on here will too. I've felt for a long time that ex-servicemen have had a raw deal from Governments of all colours and welcome any forum that raises the public awareness of their situation.
I can identify with both sides of this debate, and I have to admit that my first thought on reading the headline was similar to Seikothrill's. I wouldn't say though that it's being disrespectful, the British sense of humour kept us going through the dark days of WWII and it's one of the things that generations of soldiers have fought for to preserve. We tend to make light of desperate and difficult situations in order to make them more bearable and that's our way. I will always have the utmost respect for our armed forces and I'm sure that most of the posters on here will too. I've felt for a long time that ex-servicemen have had a raw deal from Governments of all colours and welcome any forum that raises the public awareness of their situation. Mr Doolittle
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