Amateur film enthusiasts set movie in Huntly Wood

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It all started a year ago when some teenagers, who were bored in Huntly Wood during their summer break, decided to make a film.

And on Wednesday evening ‘The Knights of Huntly Wood’ received its big screen premiere at Banbridge Rugby Club.

The film was conceived by Michael Runciman and Andy Herron - with a little help from Michael’s brother Daniel .

Said Michael, “We were in Huntly Wood one day last year and we thought to ourselves, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to make a film?’

“So we started coming up with ideas and based it on some films that we had liked or seen.

“We put a script together, came up with some costumes and shot the film over nine days last Easter at various locations across Northern Ireland.”

If you were to look at the trailers on YouTube you would think that it was a little bit like Game of Thrones - and you’d be right.

That’s because one of the locations used in the making of ‘The Knights of Huntly Wood’ is Port Ballintoy Harbour, one of the locations used in the hit HBO series.

Michael added, “We were up the Mourne Mountains, at Bloody Bridge, the Giants Causway, White Rocks beach and, of course, Huntly Wood.”

A lot of hard work went in to making the film a reality - and what makes it even more outstanding is the fact that none of the boys have any experience in any sort of training in film making.

“Dan is studying interactive media, which is about as close as it gets,” added Michael.

“I study product design while Andy is at university studying war culture.”

The budding Steven Spielbergs held their premiere last week and used the event to raise funds for a local charity.

“It went really well; we had a great night and everyone enjoyed the movie.

“We want to thank SBD Events for the use of their red carpet and rope and also Giles Conlon at the Iveagh Movie Studios for all his assistance in making the movie a success.

“All money raised from the evening is going towards the Darren Weir Trust.”

The film can be seen on YouTube at the Knights of Huntly Wood channel, and there could be a sequel. The boys left the film’s ending open - just in case they get bored towards the end of this summer.