Premier scam thriller at Theatr Gwaun

A film shot without a budget in an empty theater during lockdown will premiere in Pembrokeshire next month.

Scam is a crime thriller feature film that was shot on location at Fishguard in June 2021.

Si follows the story of rising star Ella, the youngest daughter of a family of con artists. When she discovers the truth behind her beloved father’s fatal death, she seeks revenge and freedom by conceiving the greatest con of them all.

The film explores interdependence and abuse via a claustrophobic mother-daughter relationship and illustrates how social media platforms provide easily accessible global reach for scammers.

Experienced Pembrokeshire filmmakers Nick Swannell and Alison Rayner teamed up for the film in early 2021.

With the collaboration of four local actresses alongside Theatr Gwaun (closed due to covid) offering the use of its space as a venue, Alison wrote the original script for Scam which Nick then directed over 16 days in June.

Shot on a shoestring budget, the duo say much of the film’s success is due to the help of generous locals.

Public screenings at Theatr Gwaun in May will offer local audiences a preview before the film is screened elsewhere in the UK and released internationally.

“The talented cast, small crew and all the local people who gave us free use of the venue, loaned us luxury cars and helped us in countless ways made this film what it is. .a locally produced gem that sheds another light on just how special Pembrokeshire is,” says writer and co-producer Alison.

A cast of acting talents from Pembrokeshire play leading roles in Scam. Seasoned actress Cate Lovett is joined by new talent in singer/songwriter Megan Lote-Williams and actor Bibi MacDougall, both fresh out of the National Youth Theatre.

Professional actor Richard Elis, best known for his roles in East Enders, Doctors and The Pact, joined the cast in a supporting role alongside local actors Adam Edgerley and Abby Brenchley.

The first public screening of Scam will take place on Saturday 14 May at 7.30pm (with the filmmaker’s questions and answers following the screening) at Theatr Gwaun, West Street, Fishguard Tickets are available from or call 01348 873421.

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