Chagford Filmmaking Group
preserving the nation's fairytales and folklore through film

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About Us

Why is the Acorn Cottage Kitchen "a magic bubble?"

Our story began in 2004 as a group of Chagford young people were hanging around the kitchen of founder Elizabeth-Jane Baldry complaining that there was nothing to do in the holidays.

"Let's make a movie!" said mum (who is a concert harpist in her grown-up job)

Out of this rash suggestion came Woodwose, a half-hour adaptation of a Grimm's fairytale. A £500 bursary from Exeter Phoenix funded a second film, this time an English fairytale, Pottle o' Brains. After this, the group was set up as a non-profit, voluntary organization focusing on the fantastic heritage of British fairytales and folklore.

From these humble beginnings we have grown and grown. In 2010 we were awarded public funding to shoot our first feature film, Sir Lanval. Around 200 people were involved. In 2013 we shot our ninth film.

We are currently in the final stages of completing The Ballad of Mary Whyddon. Tam Lin is still in post-production. We're also rebuilding this website to make it mobile-friendly, and working towards getting all our films available as online downloads.

Elizabeth-Jane Baldry Elizabeth-Jane Baldry, Head Girl.

 

Ogre asleep

Bluebell Fairy

Jenny Greenteeth

"a perfect example of how to adapt a folktale to the screen. I show it to my students."

- Ari Berk, professor of literature and mythology, Central Michigan University

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Photos by Brian Skilton, Sketches and CFG logo by Rima Staines, Website designed by Elizabeth-Jane Baldry