Ben Poole as King John

Ben Poole as King John

Occasionally, a crazily short notice request arrives. Phil Stevens of Urban Apache Films had be tasked with making a short film, The Empty Throne, with the Lincoln School of Film and Media. The timing left me just one week to assemble/make costume in time for filming. Fortunately, I had most of the costume they needed in place and was able to suggest many of the cast (who I could costume from memory) and I have a well stocked workroom. Basically, I didn’t need to leave the house to get anything to complete the work and worked twelve hour days for seven days to get everything ready!

Phil Stevens Director

Phil Stevens directing the cast

The film was ‘designed to give a tonal glimpse into some of the themes and events that lead to the sealing of the Magna Carta by King John’. You can see an abridged version here: The Empty Throne

Update: 29th April 2016

The Empty Throne has just won a BUFVC award at the BFI event at the Southbank. Congratulations Phil Stevens and everyone involved!

IMG_0947CAST and CREW:

Robert de Ros –  Lewis Gemmill

King John  – Ben Poole

Queen Isabella – Emma Clarke

William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke – Dave Clayton

William de Braose, Lord of Bramber – Stephen Marshall

Maud de Braose, Lady of Bramber –  Karen Crow

Will de Braose – Adam Fox

Archbishop Stephen Langton – John Males

Hawise of Aumale – Tiffany Haynes

Clemence, a serving girl – Molly Marie Buckley

Ralph, a serving boy – Josh Curran

King John’s guard  –  James Richards

Other guard  – Alex Moore

Directed by – Philip Stevens
Written by – Laura Turner
Produced by – Erika Butcher and Philip Stevens
Executive Producer – Simon Hollingworth
Director of Photography – Stewart MacGregor
Sound recordist – Craig Barlow
Editor – Tom Walsh
Sound Design and Mix – Chris Hainstock
1st AD – Dominique Webb
1st AC – Tom Walsh
2nd AC – Tom McKie
Art Design – Charlotte Ball
Art Assistant – Inma Cook
Costumes by – Pauline Loven
Make Up – Samantha Chapman
Hair Stylist – Anita Cudbertson

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Written by Pauline Loven

Pauline is a period costumier and film producer.