Tin Movie Review and a chat with the cast
A small mining town in Cornwall is barely surviving on its only source of income: the local tin mine. To save their town and their business the corrupt town bankers convince a big city investor to buy the remaining stocks in the company.
After finding out he has been ticked, the new investor sells off his shares. Unfortunately for him an invaluable discovery has just been made and the bankers take this opportunity to make them-selves prosper.
The inspiration was an amalgamation of a true story added with the history from the local area. What makes this film different from most you will see is the support it received from Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and other local societies in its development and production. The events that transpired were recorded in a book by Edward Bosanketh that instantly sold out due to the corrupt bank trying to destroy the evidence, fortunately a few copies existed and this was adapted into a film following a successful time as a theatre play.
On the screen there is quite a range of talent. Jenny Agutter, most recently known for “Call the Midwife” and “The Avengers”, plays Marjorie Dawson a traveling actress who comes to the town with her group of actors for one night only show.
Agutter delivers a respectable performance tying together the majority of the stories. Her on-screen adversary, Zachariah Bennett played by Dudley Sutton, is the unscrupulous banker intent on saving his own hide with his business partner when things don’t go their way. Again Sutton is no stranger to the silver screen and gives a hateful performance. Two new names discovered here are Helen Bendell who plays Nel, and Abigail Sudbury who plays East’s Daughter.
Sudbury also displays her wonderful range as an Operatic Singer. Both of these actresses starred in the theatre show and appear to have adapted well to work with the green screen in their first film. They fit in well with each other and reacted well with each other and the whole cast who were a delight to watch.
Due to the journey from stage to film production there appears to be an entirely new style of camera work developed: think Tim Burton directing Film Noir. The majority of the film is green screen that sometimes leads to disproportional backgrounds, fuzzy edges and crops that look like they are a mirage. Although I would guess this wasn’t an intentional effect that Bill Scott was after, I think it adds to the warmth of the film and gives it its own special touch.
I think the one thing that disappoints me about this film is the trailer. Before watching, I expected a completely different story that would have been dreadful to watch. What I actually got to view was an interesting and humorous film.
I will say that I don’t think this is for everyone, but if you are interested in period pieces or if you are aspiring to step into the film industry give this film a watch.
Not only can it show how a story can transform between media types, but it shows what an underdog can become.
Written by Chuckie