Landlord-turned-film-maker shoots ghost story in historic Croydon pub


By - Thursday 19th June, 2014

Film buffs in Croydon will have the opportunity to see something unusual this weekend at four screenings of a new film shot in the Ship pub in Croydon High St. Landlord Dean Terry, who harnessed the dramatic talents of local theatre group The Breakfast Cats for the production – described as having ‘more than a few scary moments’ – will be screening it this Sunday 22nd June.

Time: 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm, Sunday 22nd June

Location: The Ship Pub, 47 High Street, Croydon CR0 1QD


Poster for ‘The Lock-In’ to be screened at the Ship pub on Sunday 22nd June.
Image used with the permission of the Ship pub, Croydon. 

Release begins : Dean Terry, landlord of the Ship, one of the oldest pubs in Croydon, has branched out into film-making, using the talents of some of a local amateur dramatic group, the Breakfast Cats Theatre Company and roping in the staff and some of the regulars of the pub to help out. The 30 minute film entitled The Lock-In was shot over several weekends and evenings in the bar and cellar of the Ship. The film is a fictional ghost story with more than a few scary moments. DVD copies of the film will be available to buy in the pub and Dean plans to enter it into some short film competitions in the future.

Dean said, “As an avid film fan at a young age, I was interested in film-making from the age of about 13. My dad bought me a Super 8mm camera and a projector and I made short films using friends as actors (or guinea pigs). I also made some stop motion animation films. Back then, everything was shot on negative film – there was no second chance so you had to learn very quickly what a camera could and couldn’t do.

By the time I was 20 my life went down a completely different route and I turned professional as a singer. After 20 years in the entertainment business I went into hotel and pub management. I became manager of the Ship in 2005 and after years of hearing ghost stories and how the Ship was reputed to be haunted I decided to roll back my film-making years and write and make a short film based loosely on the stories and tales about ghosts and hauntings. The film is called “The Lock-In” and is now panning out to be the first part of a trilogy.”

The Lock-In will premiere on Sunday 22nd June at the Ship. There will be four public screenings that evening at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm and 11pm. Tickets, available from the bar in advance, are £1 each and Dean will be donating all money raised from ticket sales to Cancer Research.

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