Late in 1993, occasional Pwürg cohort MC1201 (aka Ben Lee) decided
to make a short film for no fixed reason. Little did anyone know then
that the resulting work - Mist Raiders - would not only become
an arthouse classic for Pwürg fans, but also take over four years
to shoot and fully complete the editing. Although versions at varying
stages of completion have made their way into public domain over the
years, it is the "1999 Special Edition" that remains the
final unexpurgated edit.
what exactly is this whole Mist Raiders thing?
working title of Mist Raiders - The Search For A Plot -
summed up the actual circumstances of the shoot quite accurately.
Basically, the lead characters: Father Haldane, Iolo Ezekial &
Alaric Belcher - played respectively by Owen, Damon
& Matt - arrived on location at the CRCMH in ridiculous
gothic/ medieval swashbuckling attire and the whole thing just
went from there in a dark comedic fashion. By the time that filming
moved to the south coast of Australia, a more coherent script
had been developed.
film makes interesting viewing with its diverse use of locations,
such as the Avebury stone circle and Red Lion pub; Maidenhead
Bridge & Police Station; a snow-covered watertower in Holyport;
a sunny beach, palm-covered cemetery, and kangaroo infested
golf-course in Australia.
a gigantic hit within Pwürg
with its madcap humour and obscure twisted time-traveling script,
Mist Raiders has nevertheless proved to be too much for
many regular viewers to take. However, it does contain images
of the utmost importance for this site - footage of the CRCMH
The Special Edition video cover
would be impractical to include every single shot featuring the CRCMH
on this site, therefore an interesting mixture of locations - especially
those given the least coverage elsewhere - have been chosen. A large
number of the stills featuring the hospital appear in the Virtual
Tour . These have been taken from a combination of the film itself,
its 20 minute prelude - a B&W art piece entitled The Harrowing,
and assorted rushes from the shooting. For images of the former Taplow
Lodge across the road from the CRCMH (which features rather heavily
in The Harrowing), go here.
And remember - because these are captured videotape images - the quality
isn't quite going to match that of the scanned photographs elsewhere
on this site. You can rest assured though that this is as good as
we can get them.
Anyway - here's
a few more. There'll be many others joining them here very soon too
- including scenes featuring other areas of Maidenhead and elsewhere.
Alaric Belcher - Triumph
over building materials
Father Haldane's death
scene - Second in length only to Patton's
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