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"Cry England!"

Hardy Productions UK were proud to release their first short drama "Cry England!", written by Nigel J Anderson and directed by Michael Thompson in November 2013. This is a "zero budget" community film, made in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, South Manchester during the Spring and Summer of 2013.  

By showing this film to the general public, we hope to publicise the skills of those involved in its making, the cast, the crew, as well as to raise money for the Christie Charity BBC Radio Manchester Appeal.

Few of the cast have any professional experience and several are looking for opportunities for furtherance of their work. Some are seeking employment.

Click here for the "Cry England!" trailer. (The film is made in High Definition.)

The Cast and Crew

(Full details in our Press Release)

Garry Harris (Chris Burton)

Tracy Harris (Nell Cooper)

Ben Sutton (Stephen Fletcher)

Ruby Harris (Alexx O'Shea)

Elspeth Harris (Jane Cheshire)

McBride (Nigel J Anderson)

Jo Sutton (Audrey Holliday)

Vicar (Gareth Preston)

Showman (Adam Burton)

Young man (Jamie Wood)

Young woman (Rose Niland)

Radio announcer (Michael Thompson)

Young Sniper (Ben Fletcher)

Story and Screenplay:  Nigel J Anderson

Associate Director:  Charlie Allen

Director:  Michael Thompson

Production: Michael Thompson & Nigel J Anderson for Hardy Productions UK.


Garry Sutton is home from active duty after being stationed in Asia for several years but things are far from being perfect for Garry or his family when he finally arrives home.

Frank, his best friend and army colleague, has been killed in action by a 13 year old sniper. This has deeply affected Garry but his wife (Tracy) seems less than sympathetic to Garry’s plight.

Garry seems reluctant to face the truth of his crumbling marriage and rejection of his family and friends.

 But things are about to get a whole lot worse when a lone figure known only as McBride appears who seems to know all the answers. The truth is about to be revealed and Garry’s problems are just about to begin.

The Making of the Film

“Cry England!” was written by Nigel J Anderson as a script for a play, but discussion with members of the Charlie Allen acting workshop, meeting in Chorlton-cum-Hardy on Monday evenings, saw it turned into a screen play with parts for several of those attending that workshop. They were (and still are) learning to be professional or amateur actors.

Being a “zero budget” film, this meant that several members of the cast and others volunteered to help out with the filming, whether it be with the holding of the microphones on a long boom, recording sound, making continuity notes, or operating a camera. That is part of the fun of the “zero budget” film.

There were challenges to be met. Whereas much of the film would be made on Hardy Lane, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, there were elements that had to be made on location. We were fortunate in having the help and cooperation of Manchester City Council, Creative England, the Bowling Green Hotel and the residents of Hardy Lane to complete our filming.

Filming was completed early in August 2013 after which 22 different scenes were in the can and the post-production could begin. This involved careful smooth edits of the best takes, toning and framing to the 2.39:1 format and cleaning up the sound track to remove unwanted background noise, and create stereo and surround sound effects.

The finished film is in 1920x1080 high-definition, 5.1 surround sound. Running time: 36 mins 30 secs. 

The Premiere

The premiere of “Cry England!” took place on Thursday 14th November 2013 at the Blue Box Theatre, Chorlton High School, Chorlton-cum-Hardy. It was attended by an invited audience of about 80 people.

Listen to our interview with Becky Want on BBC Radio Manchester on Friday 8th November 2013 when Michael  Thompson and Nigel J Anderson talk about the film and the premiere. We have also talked about it with Andy Crane of BBC Radio Manchester and the fundraising.

See our short film, "GLAD TO BE IN CHORLTON - Fundraising for the Christie".

Raising Funds for Charity 

As this is a community film, it is our intent with every showing publically to raise funds for charity, the preferred charity of the cast and crew being the Christie Hospital, located in Withington and having a reputation as a pioneering hospital.

The first fund raising was at the premiere on 14th November 2013.

Other showings of the film have taken place at the Chorlton Film Institute in December 2013 and at the Bowling Green Hotel, Chorlton in January 2014, and showings at various Arts Festivals are planned during 2014. Other venues are being approached to maximise exposure.

A raffle was set up for the Christie Charity, with 10 prizes, selling tickets between early January and 7th March 2014. This raised just under £400.

If you would like to contact us for more information about making a drama like "Cry England!", please Email us. 

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