Petroc used as set for new psychological thriller film

Petroc was the setting for a new psychological thriller this week, when a former beauty classroom was turned into a hospital wing.

Winter Ridge, produced by London-based Camelot films, was being shot in Lynton and Lynmouth before one filming location fell through.

The company contacted Petroc about using parts of the college as a set and filming began the next day, with students getting the opportunity to take part.

Livvy Edwards, Jasmin Husband and Charlotte Juniper are all Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts students, and were involved in filming.

We came into our lesson a bit earlier and our lecturer said the film crew needed some help,” they explained. “We were quite excited! We had to make sure no one comes in front of the camera while they’re filming.”

Winter Ridge follows Detective Ryan Barnes, played by Matt Hookings, who uncovers a series of suspicious deaths in a remote town. The low budget indie film is due for release early next year.

“We are filming a hospital sequence today. We already shot the hospital bedroom and now we are doing a sequence here,” said Cinematographer and Director of Photography Joao Dasilva.

“Petroc is in a great location,” added Jess Wretlind from the film’s art department. “We are using the curtains that used to be in the beauty room as hospital wards.”

The filming comes a week after the same rooms were used as the setting for a “gas explosion” for a fire department training exercise.