Digby fighters on the big screen

Eric Bourque
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Immediately after four hours of shooting in the wind and rain on Nov. 27 on the set of Bannockburn: Jonathan Deschene (P.E.I.), Jurgen Griegoschewski (Digby), Kel Rekuta (Toronto), David Cvet (Smith’s Cove), Mark Amirault (Digby), Robert Wilkinson (Digby).

A group of Digby medieval martial artists are working in front of the camera on the set of a Scottish history documentary.

David Cvet of Smith’s Cove and four of his students are playing various roles in a docudrama about the Battle of Bannockburn in  1314, a key event in the history of Scotland and its fight for independence.

 Reached by phone at Hatfield Farm in Hammonds Plains the morning of Nov. 27, two days after filming started in Nova Scotia, Cvet said he and the other Digby-area members of the cast were enjoying the experience.

“We’re having a blast,” said Cvet, a Smith’s Cove resident whose involvement in the project included playing the role of King Edward I, also known as Edward Longshanks, and serving as fight choreographer.

Also taking part were Digby-area residents Mark Amirault, Jurgen Griegoschewski and Robert Wilkinson, who were playing foot soldiers, as was Jonathan Deschene of Prince Edward Island. The four are students of Cvet’s in European medieval martial arts.

“It’s a great experience for them and they’re just thoroughly enjoying themselves,” Cvet said. “It’s been a fabulous experience for everybody all around.”

Some portions of the project already have been shot in Scotland.

Shooting in Nova Scotia was expected to continue into the week of Dec. 2.

Arcadia Content will do the post-production work in Halifax.

Bannockburn is being produced for History UK and will air next year in the United Kingdom.

There is talk of having it premiere in June, coinciding with the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, Cvet said.

“My understanding, talking with the technical people here, is that they’re going to try to have it all done sometime towards the end of March,” he said. “History UK will have an opportunity to view the film and, of course, that will give them time to make adjustments.”

For Cvet, his participation in Bannockburn differs in at least one notable way compared to similar projects in which he has been involved.

“This is the first time I’m actually playing a role, so for me it’s like ‘wow’ and so this is very exciting,” he said.

Organizations: Hatfield Farm

Geographic location: Digby, Bannockburn, Scotland Nova Scotia Hammonds Plains United Kingdom Prince Edward Island Halifax

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