The Spanish Job: made by Peter Darnes
A fun film made for the members of the Deepings (1090) Round Table.
It’s a tongue in cheek documentary type story following a charity funding raising trip from Calais to Barcelona. Members of the Deepings Round Table took three cars across France to raise money for charity. Not just any cars. No, the first car, an old Rover 800 was found in a barn. It was covered in c rap, but it was lovingly restored. The colour sparked the first thought that if the guys could obtain a red and a blue Rover they would be well on the way to recreating that classic film “The Italian Job” (original version, of course).
Next Gordon found an old blue Rover. The gauntlet was thrown down, “we must find a red Rover now” said Chris. Darren rose to the challenge finding an old red Rover sitting on an elderly couples drive, just rusting away. They must have thought all their birthday’s had come at once as he strolled up and offered them money for it. “It’s a wreck” they said. But “it’s a red wreck” said Darren, and that’s all that mattered.
Filming from the back seat of a car was a constant challenge. The windows wouldn’t wind down and when they did they wouldn’t wind back up again. Trying to capture the goings on of 9 blokes having a laugh was like trying to round up a herd of cats. No time for “lights, camera, action” on that shoot. The GoPro footage was basically miles and miles of road, but I put it together and mixed in a bit of the original film footage, just for fun.
The final result? They loved it. Don’t go to Chris’s house, he will make you watch it, whether you want to or not.