A short movie filmed in and around Hailsham and at Wealden Crematorium will be shown on television next week.

Scenes for Stone were filmed at the Horam facility in September 2022 and on location in Hailsham and Hellingly. The film, directed by Jake Graf and Hannah Graf who are both advocates for transgender rights and produced by Nicola Gregory, follows a character called Tess who learns of her estranged father’s death and travels to the funeral hoping for closure. Immediately blindsided by the revelation that her father was a transgender woman, she looks for answers from her mother.

The 13 minute film features an ensemble of actors including Nicola Stephenson, known for her roles in Brookside, Emmerdale and Midsomer Murders. The film was unveiled at the Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Film Festival, a film and media organisation committed to increasing audiences for LGBTQ+.

Councillor Kelvin Williams, Alliance for Wealden (Liberal Democrat), and lead councillor for Public Health, Wellbeing and Asset Management, said, “It is the first time that the Wealden Crematorium has been used as a filming location and although it is not the usual place you would expect a film company to request to use, with the modern architecture and stunning facilities alongside the glorious wildflower meadows and woodlands you can understand why.”

Stone is one of The 15 LGBTQ+ films shortlisted for the 2023 Iris Prize Best British Short sponsored by Film4 and Pinewood Studios and will be broadcast on Channel 4 on Thursday at 2:05am and will be released onto Channel 4 streaming.