The Draymen Estate has become an urban legend. Amongst the sinister stories of strange locals and brutal violence, people have gone missing there.

Two student filmmakers visit the estate in the hope their documentary will land them a lucrative career. Within minutes they are introduced to a skinned dog in a shallow grave.

They quickly discover that behind the awkward smiles, the adults appear to be on drugs whilst the children roam wildly, further proof that this estate is a breeding ground for the darker side of society.

A society which is about to present the student’s with material of unimaginable horror, turning their final project into their darkest nightmare.

Starring Jemma Dallender, Elliott Jordan, Terry Bird, Paul McNeilly
Producer Terry Bird
Writer Director Jason Ford
Festivals FrightFest 2012
Sitges Fantastic Film Festival 2012
Mile High Horror Film Festival, USA
Burssels Fantastic Film Festival, Belgium


This Is Essex (New Town Original) (2005)


Have you ever done something you regret?

Well Mick has and he is about to pay the price.

Desperate to inject some excitement in to his life and ‘be a doer not a talker’, Mick spends the night with the girlfriend of local Psycho, Si Naylor.

Now, with a possible violent confrontation looming, Mick has to decide whether to run and hide or face up to the most feared man in the town.

What would you do?

Set to the backdrop of Essex nightlife and with a infectious soundtrack, New Town Original is the real deal of what it’s really like being an Essex Geezer!

Starring Elliot Jordan
Producer Terry Bird
Writer Director Jason Ford

This Is Essex (New Town Original) (2005) Trailer

Festivals & Awards

Moving, well observed slice of Essex Life Front Magazine

Nice to see a British Film avoiding the usual cliches BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
Variety critcs choice section  Karlovy Vary IFF



In April 2005 New Town Films (N.T.F) distributed their first feature film New Town Original (N.T.O). The film premiered at the U.C.I. Basildon on the 11th April, a Gala screening at the U.C.I. Norwich on the 13th, and a special London screening at the Prince Charles cinema on the 14th 
N.T.O. opened to the public on the 15th April at Basildon, Thurruck, Norwich (U.C.I) Southend, Colchester, Chelmsford (Odeon), Romford and Braintree (Cineworld). The film played for several weeks and received national and local T.V., radio and press coverage.

 In May N.T.F. attended the Cannes film festival where they secured the attachment of Vine International Sales Agents to N.T.O. Also at this festival N.T.F. slate of films was pitched to key industry players.

In June N.T.O. was screened as part of L.U.F.F. to International buyers.

In July N.T.O. was the only British film selected as part of the Variety critic’s choice at the Karlovy Vary film festival. N.T.F. attended this festival to maximise on all publicity opportunities and to gain further contacts in the International marketplace.

In November N.T.F. attended the A.F.M with the support of Screen East and U.K. Trade and Investment. N.T.O. screened at the A.F.M. represented by Vine International.  N.T.F. attended various networking events to continue raising the company profile.

In December  
Terry Bird was also selected to be part of the E.A.V.E. producer’s course for 2006.

Periodically throughout the year N.T.F. have been invited to screen N.T.O. at colleges and film festivals.


After the success of Simple Minds it was only a matter of time before we put our minds to something feature length. To get an idea of how the system worked and to gain further experience we shot a ‘trailer’ for the film New Town Original (yet to be written) which we felt we could use as a visual treatment showing the basic outline, style and tone of the story. We then took this ‘trailer’ to Cannes and used it as a tool to help raise awareness of the project and more importantly us as a Company. We felt the ‘trailer’ was proof that we could actually deliver and that it wasn’t just talk. The strength of the ‘trailer’ helped us to secure a solid relationship with hire companies that would later prove invaluable. 
Pre-Production started in October 2002 and we began filming in February 2003 for 4 weeks.

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