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A trio of filmmakers ventured far from home for their latest film production – to the snow-covered Scottish mountains.

Andrew Kirkpatrick, Nhuri Bashir and Jermaine Simons of Burnt House Productions all had roles behind the scenes in the production of Christmas at the Castle – a Christmas film which will premiere on the Lifetime Network on Wednesday.

Mr Bashir, who worked as a production manager for the film, said: “It was incredible to be in a new location.

“The Highlands couldn’t have been more different than Bermuda.

“We were working on snowy hill and icy terrain, and I didn’t even have a concept of what Edinburgh would be like.”

He added: “We had some incredible actors and were working with some amazing crew and it was great to be involved in this collaboration with dedicated and talented people.”

Christmas at the Castle, is a Christmas-themed romance starring Bermuda resident Brooke Burfitt as Blaire Henderson, a New York perfume expert who travels to Scotland to get a rare fragrance from Alistair McGregor, a stubborn aristocrat played by Dan Jeannotte.

The movie was filmed in Scotland’s capital Edinburgh and at Glamis Castle in Angus, the childhood home of the late Queen Mother.

Mr Bashir said Burnt House Productions was brought on to the team by production company Reel One Entertainment after their successful work on Maternal Secrets, a thriller filmed in Bermuda and featured on the Lifetime Network earlier this year.

He said: “They were looking for a team to assist and they were happy with the work we had done previously so they brought us on board.

“It has always been a goal of Burnt House Productions to work internationally.

“We always viewed Bermuda as a great launching pad and a great home, but when it comes to filming and production, we want the world to be our oyster.

“Burnt House Productions started on Burnt House Hill, but we are looking to take over the world.”

Mr Bashir added, although the film would premiere tomorrow, it was shot two years ago.

He said: “It’s exciting to see it come out. We have a group chat with all of us from the production team and everyone is excited.”

Mr Bashir added that 2020 had been a difficult year for Burnt House Productions because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

But he said the company’s partnership with Triventure Films, the team behind Maternal Secrets, had created a new opportunity this year with another thriller – Deadly Doula – which was filmed in Bermuda in November.

Andrew Kirkpatrick, who was a cameraman for Christmas in the Castle, said it was an enjoyable change of pace to work on different types of films.

Mr Kirkpatrick added: “You work for four weeks on a Christmas movie and after that you get to do something completely different.

“The fact that we were able to work on something during the pandemic is a testament to producers Brooke and Fiona Williams and their capabilities.”

Fiona Williams is also a Bermuda resident.

Mr Simons, who was an art director for Christmas at the Castle, said the position was challenging but rewarding.

He said: “I was a production assistant for Maternal Secrets and when I found out about this coming up I was thrilled to be invited to come back on the team.

“I was planting Christmas trees, chucking up Christmas lights, making snow. All sorts of things.”

The team were reluctant to discuss future projects, but Mr Bashir added they intend their next project would be “something cool”.

· Christmas at the Castle will premiere at 9pm on Wednesday on the Lifetime Network as part of their It’s a Wonderful Lifetime holiday movie season.

A promotional photograph for Christmas at the Castle featuring stars Dan Jeonnette and Brooke Burfitt. (Photograph provided)
Nhuri Bashir at work behind the scenes in Scotland. (Photograph provided)
Andrew Kirkpatrick working behind the scenes in Scotland. (Photograph Provided)
Jermaine Simons working behind the scenes in Scotland. (Photograph provided)
A behind-the-scenes shot of the filming of Christmas at the Castle. (Photograph provided)

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Published December 21, 2020 at 1:41 pm (Updated December 21, 2020 at 7:13 pm)

Bermudian filmakers hit new heights in Scottish mountains

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