Passion film captures public imagination

A cinematic trailer has been produced to showcase the upcoming Belper Passion performance to the world.

Young Belper director Louis Vella, aged 19, shot the footage for the movie in the Market Place and St Peter’s Church on Chesterfield Road.

Last year, the event saw more than 800 people turn-out to join a walk of witness through Belper, as part of the town’s first Passion play of modern times.

And this year organisers are predicting the response could be even bigger.

Organiser, George Gunby, said: “There are even fewer passion plays taking place around the country this year - about 20 in total because of council cuts and other issues.

“If we get the same number of people as last year we will be happy. But the way its shaping up it could be bigger.

“We have had 750 hits online for the video so far. It’s caught people’s imagination - last year there were only 600 up to the day of the event.

“People came from Chesterfield and Long Eaton and Stoke-on-Trent to be part of it. We were lucky with the end - just as we finished filming the arrest scene there was a hailstorm which would have ruined the day’s filming.”

The storyline of the trailer is set in the not too distant future when “The Corporation” dictates and rules. Consumerism is encouraged, euthanasia is common and jail sentences are long and hard. To cut crime, public executions are introduced.

Into this world a man comes, a man with an alternative viewpoint, a man who is a danger.

The passion, on April 18, starts at 11am at the Methodist chapel with seating on a first come first serve basis before processing up to St Peter’s Church.

Mr Gunby continued: “There is provision for any overspill in the Methodist hall at back of main church - where we will be showing events on a big screen, which is new for this year.

“There will be 30 actors plus helpers and stewards a total of 50 to 60 people taking part on the day.”

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