The Miracle Theatre goes into production on Tin – the Movie!


Miracle Theatre has gone into production of a feature film based on its recent sell-out show Tin, commissioned by the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Using an imaginative combination of digital technology and hand-made models, the Redruth-based company has now commenced production of a micro-budget feature film of this story of love and money, opera and tin mining.

The film will feature the original cast of the theatre production, which includes opera icon Ben Luxon. They will be joined by other actors, including Jenny Agutter (The Railway Children, Call the Midwife, Outside Bet) and Dudley Sutton (Lovejoy, Weekend Retreat) who will play Abraham Bennett, one of the devious bankers.

Jenny Agutter said of the project “I loved the production of Tin, which I saw at the Count House Botallack in a domed tent on the coast. This was an extraordinary and appropriate setting for the play, surrounded by ruined tin mines, one could easily imagine this fantastic tale taking place. The theatrical production was magical and I look forward to seeing these great characters transferring to screen. I am very pleased to be joining the Miracle Theatre Company on this venture.”

Filmmaker and writer Bill Scott (Dressing Granite, Cheap Rate Gravity) will transport Tin from the stage to the big screen, re-telling the story in an innovative and highly visual way, with the help of cutting-edge digital technology. The simple stage sets and video projection of the theatre show will be replaced by virtual scenery, composed from 1/12th scale models enlarged and keyed into the live action sequences. The lost world of 19th century Cornish tin mining will be re-animated using a mix of ‘low-tech’ model-making and hi-tech special effects to give the film a uniquely stylised feel.

“This film has been in development for about 15 years – quite long enough for any project!” said Bill. “The script has been through several drafts, rehearsed readings and live performances at venues across Cornwall. Now we have assembled a wonderful cast and highly skilled local crew to tell the film version of this very Cornish story that I’m sure will have huge international appeal.”

The film will be produced in two stages. This first stage, already funded by Cornish Mining World Heritage Sites, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund will capture all the action and performances in the studio and on location. The second stage of bringing the live action together with the hand-made sets will take place over the next few months with the film set for completion in early 2013.

The Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Partnership Board has been delighted with the response to the project so far, and Cllr Julian German, Chairman, commented: “The incredibly positive response to the play and accompanying programme of special events has more than justified the support the World Heritage Site has provided for all aspects of the “Tin” production to date. Filming will create a permanent record of the play, and ensure that it will endure as a testimony to Cornish Mining culture, long after the tour itself ends.”

Miracle is still looking for additional support and sponsors for this second stage – to fund creation of the model world and the post-production process. You can help make this happen and be part of the action by becoming a Tin Adventurer. This support will be the final piece in the puzzle for the Tin project and will help Miracle bring the film to a screen near you by spring 2013! Find out more at indiegogo.com/Tin.

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