The RendLEsham UFO Incident Into The Woods
Wto Suffolk, he didn’t expect to find the subject for his next film literally on his doorstep. But the London- born director was living on the edge of the Rendlesham Forest, which in 1980 was the site of several sightings of unexplained lights and the supposed landing of an extraterrestrial craft.
“As a filmmaker, I’ve always wanted to make a UFO film,” he tells Red Alert. “It seemed like the obvious thing to do. I also wanted to make a film about treasure hunters, so I just combined the two things together.”
Renowned as “Britain’s version of Roswell,” the incident provides the impetus for The Rendlesham UFO Incident, although the terrifying events have been updated to the present day. “We couldn’t really make a film based on that now because it would become a period piece,” he says. “We had to come up with something else that would tie in, so we concocted our own story about these ordinary people coming to the forest.
“This is a small English film and at the heart of it is this weird old Britain, which in a way is to do with things like The Wicker Man, and there’s also Morris dancers. As it goes on, it just gets more and more strange. You’re not immersed in a big science fiction world; you’re in a forest and there are these lights…”
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