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‘Comedy ghost film’ shot by Grantham College students at Harlaxton Manor

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Few people have been granted unlimited access to one of the area’s most iconic buildings, so it was something quite special for a group of Grantham College students.

The group of five, all studying film-making and accompanied by five teachers, spent a day filming at Harlaxton Manor.

They descended on the country house with all the necessary kit to film what media lecturer Steve Healey described as a “comedy ghost film”, which was structured and written by the students and teaching staff.

A drone shot taken from above Harlaxton Manor. (47828156)
A drone shot taken from above Harlaxton Manor. (47828156)

He told the Journal: “The story follows two people who’ve recently died and they’re looking for somewhere to haunt, looking for somewhere like you would when you’re renting.

“It’s quite funny. We open on two ghosts having a petty argument and they’re discussing where they want to haunt and then the realtor turns up and he’s also a ghost, and his job is to find people places to haunt.

“And that’s Tony, who is an actual realtor.”

They were joined by Grantham estate agent Tony Ruby, a well-known face usually seen in front of a selfie stick as he promotes local listings.

Tony said he was “thrilled and surprised” to be asked to play a part.

He added: “The day itself was great fun and yet I was completely out of my comfort zone, but working with awesome people, who were very welcoming, and in such awe-inspiring surroundings made it a day I shall never forget.

“I just hope I didn’t let them down!”

Filming took place both inside and outside the manor.

The short film, which Steve said would take around a month to edit and complete, joins big movies such as The Secret Garden and The Haunting, which were both filmed at the manor.

Once ready, it will be available to watch on YouTube and Instagram, while Steve hopes it will also be shown at film festivals. A three-minute behind-the-scenes clip is available to see now on Instagram, @granthamcollegemedia

Harlaxton Manor is owned by the University of Evansville, in Indiana, America, and is usually home to students on the university’s overseas study programme.

However, this has not been possible in the last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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