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Blandford cameraman’s French adventure given special Dorset screening

By Blackmore Vale Magazine  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

By David Eidlestein

  • Cameraman Steve Haskett on location in sunny Provence.

  • Cameraman Steve Haskett on location in sunny Provence.

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AFTER 40 years as a professional film and TV cameraman, Blandford man Steve Haskett thought he had filmed just about everything in the world of documentaries.

So it was a real thrill as much as a surprise when, out of the blue, he was asked to shoot his first-ever feature film.

It turned out to be a six-week assignment on location in the sunshine of Provence in the south of France and the result can be seen on the big screen in Dorset later this month.

The film, ‘Mother’s Milk’, is an adaptation of the award-winning book of the same name by Edward St Aubyn, and it is being shown at the Tivoli in Wimborne for three days from 25th February.

“Shooting a feature film is a very different proposition from the sort of documentaries with which I am usually involved,” says Steve (63). “But it was a wonderful experience and hopefully there will be more.”

It was in July 2010 when director Gerry Fox contacted him. They had worked together on many occasions for television’s South Bank Show. Filming was to start a few weeks later.

“Mother’s Milk was shot on 35mm film which really helped bring out the deep vivid colours of a glorious, hot Provence summer,” says Steve. “The area certainly lived up to its reputation.”

The story explores various discordant family issues and author Edward St Aubyn co-wrote the screenplay with Gerry Fox.

Leading man was Jack Davenport, supported by Adrian Dunbar, Diana Quick and the late Maggie Tysack. “It was quite a stellar cast,” says Steve.

“Adrian Dunbar had us all in stitches and plays a great role as a New Age Irish charlatan who has persuaded the grandmother, played by Maggie Tysack, to gift him her large house in Provence, which means her son, played by Jack Davenport, is losing his inheritance.”

Mother’s Milk has recently completed a highly successful three-week run at the ICA London and Wimborne will be its first provincial showing. Screenings are at 7.30pm on 25th and 26th February with a 2pm matinee on 28th.

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