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The Saxon Chronicles is finally here. I saw a screening of this film at
the LDS Box Film Festival because my buddies from the SCA were extras
in this film. I had very low expectations for this movie, considering
all the movies at the festival were terrible, probably the worst I have
ever seen. Then there was "The Saxon Chronicles", not to be confused
with the campy medieval short shown before. This movie really surprised
me. Here we have a film about King Alfred the Great that was shot in
Utah, of all places, that was actually really enjoyable to watch. Some
of the acting was okay, and no one really had any English accents,
which was distracting, but the story was wonderful. I give kudos to the
director, Jeshua De Horta, for his ability to undergo such a huge
project, with such a low budget, and to the writer for a wonderfully
written script with characters that felt real and a script with
quotable dialog, and to King Alfred (aka Darin Southam) for this rugged
portrayal of the Saxon King. The star of the film however goes to the
actor who played Chad, James Morris, he did an excellent job with his
role, in everyone of his scenes it's hard to keep your eyes off him, my
only regret is I wish I would've seen more of him in the film.
So to summarize: Congratulations Writer, Congratulations Actors, and Congratulations Director...
Shame on the LDS Film Festival for giving no appropriate recognition or awards to this great film.
Cheers, William Dagobert II
Jeshua and company did an amazing job of producing a historical
mini-epic on a shoe-string budget.
Very film-like look from DV.
Some of the actors are inexperienced, but carry their roles well. Andy Shaffner is particularly impressive, with a strong, natural presence.
The battle scenes shot in Utah did come out looking pretty close to Jolly Old. I wouldn't have thought a cottonwood forest in Ogden, UT could look as European as it does.
I have the DVD and the ending of the final cut is very effective and touching.
I have it from a very reliable source that a much higher budget version of the film is in the works and will be shot both in England and Utah.
Alan Meyer Ogden, UT
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