It’s a wrap! Harry the Bee­tle makes his film de­but

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living With Classics - DAVID BROWN CON­TRIB­U­TOR


When re­cently asked if the Bee­tle was avail­able to ap­pear in a cult movie, the an­swer had to be a re­sound­ing ‘yes’. And so it was that HAY 583L headed north up the A15 to­wards Sleaford early on a Sun­day morn­ing for its cru­cial role as an ex­tra.

The film­ing was tak­ing place in the pic­turesque vil­lage of South Rauceby – re­named ‘Har­lot­field, twinned with Nurem­berg’ for the sake of the plot.

Stranger Tale Films is work­ing on its sec­ond full-length fea­ture Video Nazi and needed some VW Bee­tles for scenes in the fic­tional vil­lage that has some strange Ger­man links. They had hoped that half a dozen or so Bee­tles would take part but on this oc­ca­sion it was just ‘Harry’ and Bryan Halfpenny’s K-reg 1300 that turned up, so some clever on-screen cloning was re­quired to com­pen­sate.

The Bee­tles were placed in the vil­lage street so that the cam­eras could record the lead char­ac­ter pass­ing by them as he goes in search of sin­is­ter se­crets.

Next came a scene that re­quired yours truly to wash the car on a drive­way as the visi­tor walked by, while the other Bee­tle drove past. And be­fore you say it – yes, it was a hor­ror film, and no, I didn’t need any make-up!

With the ar­rival of an­other ex­tra in the form of a gen­uine Ger­man Shep­herd dog, the Bee­tles were fin­ished for the day but may be needed again for fu­ture scenes. The film­ing cre­ated a lot of in­ter­est among vil­lagers wondering about this small-scale in­va­sion, and by the end of the day the crew had an­other minute’s worth of ac­tion to add to the pro­duc­tion. I’ll let you know when it’s re­leased.

Stranger Tale Films cast and crew pose with Harry the Bee­tle in a tem­po­rar­ily re­named Lin­colnshire vil­lage.

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