Terrorism and drug dealing tale screened at Marbella International Film Festival

PUBLISHED: 06:00 10 October 2013

A scene from No Smoke, a film directed by Sue Shearing

A scene from No Smoke, a film directed by Sue Shearing


A film shot in Welwyn Hatfield and directed by a former Welwyn Hatfield Times reporter has been screened at a major international festival.

Film director Sue ShearingFilm director Sue Shearing

No Smoke, written and directed by 67-year-old Sue Shearing, was chosen from more than 800 rivals to be shown at the Marbella International Film Festival in Spain last week.

The 77-minute long drama involving drug dealing and terrorism was filmed in various locations in WGC, Hatfield and Knebworth over 13 days last summer.

Sue, who worked as a WHT reporter in the 1970s, said: “It’s amazing. We’re all very excited.

“I sent the film off to the festival months ago and had forgotten all about it, so it was a fantastic boost to get the email.”

No Smoke is Sue’s second film, but her first full length production. It was shot on a shoestring budget, with several professional actors who live locally, including Tony Phillips, Jonathan Ross’ step-father, performing for free.

Sue continued: “The actors and local people were extremely generous in giving their time to help us out.

“It was great fun.

“We had to hire police cars and uniforms and race around the streets of Knebworth with blue lights flashing. We did inform local residents, but there were a few surprised faces.”

For her next film, Archie, which is in the edit stage, a well-known songwriting duo, Don Black and Debbie Wiseman, who have worked for Andrew Lloyd Webber, have written the theme.

It will be shown for the first time at the Hertford Theatre on November 10.

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