Sir Bevois film gets premiere at Southampton's Harbour Lights Cinema

Hampshire Chronicle: Dan Baker, left, as Sir Bevois takes on Amil, played by Badal Chaud, on the roof of God’s House Tower. Buy this photo Dan Baker, left, as Sir Bevois takes on Amil, played by Badal Chaud, on the roof of God’s House Tower.

HE was the legend who founded a Hampshire city in an epic adventure of magic, heroism and romance.

Last night the red carpet was rolled out in Southampton for the glitzy home premiere of a short movie bringing the tale of Sir Bevois to the big screen.

The mayors of Southampton and Eastleigh, councillors, civic dignitaries, cast and crew turned out at the city’s Harbour Lights cinema to watch To Unwill a Heart, which was shot at historic landmarks around Southampton.

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The 15-minute film about the legendary tenth century founder of Southampton was written and directed by Solent University lecturer Gela Jenssen.

She proudly displayed a letter from the Queen praising the film, which she read out to guests at the private screening.

Ms Jenssen gave the tale a modern spin after much painstaking research trawling through ancient documents.

She said: “It’s a truly epic and dark tale, and very relevant in the context of post-9/11 and the perception of Muslim/ Christian relations.”

The film revolves around the tenth century legend of Sir Bevois, the son of Sir Guy, Earl of Hampton, who was sold by his mother to slave merchants and ended up in Armenia.

The film chronicles his quest to return to English shores and reclaim his father’s land, with the help of a magic sword, battling lions and falling in love with a beautiful princess along the way.

Once back in England he is said to have founded Southampton, before eventually dying in the city.

The film had a successful debut at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, where it was shown alongside offerings from the likes of Woody Allen and Oliver Stone.

After its showing at the prestigious French festival, a European agency is considering taking on the film, while the production team is pitching ideas for a full-length version to several film companies.

Who was Sir Bevois?

LEGEND has it that Sir Bevois was the son of Sir Guy, Earl of Hampton.

He was sold to slave merchants by his mother and ended up in the court of the king of Armenia and falling in love with a Muslim princess.

He underwent heroic adventures in his attempts to claim his father’s land.

Along the way, armed with a magic sword, Mortglay, and accompanied by his giant page, Ascupart, and charmed horse, Hirondelle, he fought lions to defend Josian – a beautiful Muslim princess he fell in love with.

Once back in England he is said to have founded Southampton, and according to some versions of the story, died on Arundel Tower, which still stands today as part of the city’s historic walls.

Although it is unclear how much truth there is in the legend, Southampton has several places named after it, including Bevois Valley, Josian Walk and Ascupart Street.

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1:27pm Tue 17 Aug 10

G0Rf says...

Next Robin Hood?
Next Robin Hood? G0Rf
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1:38pm Tue 17 Aug 10

Atpost says...

What happened to his loyal partner Butthead?
What happened to his loyal partner Butthead? Atpost
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1:40pm Tue 17 Aug 10

Jasper7 says...

Atpost wrote:
What happened to his loyal partner Butthead?
I believe that condorman is still around.
[quote][p][bold]Atpost[/bold] wrote: What happened to his loyal partner Butthead?[/p][/quote]I believe that condorman is still around. Jasper7
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1:46pm Tue 17 Aug 10

southy says...

whitch sir bevois there was a few of them, the 11 century one who was a son of the earl of hampton that done battle with the normans who later died after the battle of cardiff.
sir Bogo the former name of bevois son of wy ( son of guy ) was the saxon chief of saxon southampton who done battle with the danes.
whitch sir bevois there was a few of them, the 11 century one who was a son of the earl of hampton that done battle with the normans who later died after the battle of cardiff. sir Bogo the former name of bevois son of wy ( son of guy ) was the saxon chief of saxon southampton who done battle with the danes. southy
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1:50pm Tue 17 Aug 10

Jasper7 says...

southy wrote:
whitch sir bevois there was a few of them, the 11 century one who was a son of the earl of hampton that done battle with the normans who later died after the battle of cardiff. sir Bogo the former name of bevois son of wy ( son of guy ) was the saxon chief of saxon southampton who done battle with the danes.
And Butthead?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: whitch sir bevois there was a few of them, the 11 century one who was a son of the earl of hampton that done battle with the normans who later died after the battle of cardiff. sir Bogo the former name of bevois son of wy ( son of guy ) was the saxon chief of saxon southampton who done battle with the danes.[/p][/quote]And Butthead? Jasper7
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2:23pm Tue 17 Aug 10

The Edge of Reason says...

If this film wins an Oscar, can SCC mount it on top the giant cheesegrater?
If this film wins an Oscar, can SCC mount it on top the giant cheesegrater? The Edge of Reason
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3:01pm Tue 17 Aug 10

OSPREYSAINT says...

I think he was named after a valley with a road in it that is permanantly being dug up for one reason or another? As for butthead, he is visible in the nearest mirror, look if you don't believe me.
I think he was named after a valley with a road in it that is permanantly being dug up for one reason or another? As for butthead, he is visible in the nearest mirror, look if you don't believe me. OSPREYSAINT
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3:06pm Tue 17 Aug 10

StEmmosfire says...

I take it this wasn’t filmed around Brokenhurst... too much noise and traffic congestion!
I take it this wasn’t filmed around Brokenhurst... too much noise and traffic congestion! StEmmosfire
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5:50pm Tue 17 Aug 10

Uncle Chuffnuts says...

He was a didicoy
He was a didicoy Uncle Chuffnuts
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7:56pm Tue 17 Aug 10

freemantlegirl2 says...

Jasper7 wrote:
Atpost wrote: What happened to his loyal partner Butthead?
I believe that condorman is still around.
LOL! @ Jasper and Atpost


really interesting though about Sir Bevois and a bit of a coup for Southampton - congrats to all involved with the film.
[quote][p][bold]Jasper7[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Atpost[/bold] wrote: What happened to his loyal partner Butthead?[/p][/quote]I believe that condorman is still around.[/p][/quote]LOL! @ Jasper and Atpost really interesting though about Sir Bevois and a bit of a coup for Southampton - congrats to all involved with the film. freemantlegirl2
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7:59pm Tue 17 Aug 10

didicoy says...

Uncle Chuffnuts, Fortnum and Mason;

What's you problem with us?
Uncle Chuffnuts, Fortnum and Mason; What's you problem with us? didicoy
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9:32pm Tue 17 Aug 10

freemantlegirl2 says...

didicoy wrote:
Uncle Chuffnuts, Fortnum and Mason; What's you problem with us?
grow up........... you're one and the same.... good grief I cannot believe people can be (and have the time to be) so unbelievably childish and frankly stupid!
[quote][p][bold]didicoy[/bold] wrote: Uncle Chuffnuts, Fortnum and Mason; What's you problem with us?[/p][/quote]grow up........... you're one and the same.... good grief I cannot believe people can be (and have the time to be) so unbelievably childish and frankly stupid! freemantlegirl2
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