An exclusive opportunity to get involved in a film shoot!!

Join us on location in the stunning British countryside for the shooting of a short film and trailer for Gin And It, from the novel by British author Elaine Sturgess, directed by Andrea Meyerson!

Book_CoversAbout the book
Based on the true story of a lesbian couple who move to a remote English village, fearing they will be shunned, but finding they are very popular indeed… a comedy, a love story and a mystery, it tells the tale of how the secrets that are kept behind the closed doors of this quiet, conservative community make the revelations that Rachel and Frankie are gay pale into insignificance…

Your 5 Day Film Break
Join us for five days and get immersed in the plot, find out what goes on behind the scenes of a movie set, meet the cast and crew and enjoy the rolling English countryside in a private retreat as the cameras roll around you…

What’s included:
Arrive: Sunday 5th August
Depart: Thursday 9th August

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Highclere Castle

  • 4 Nights accommodation in a private retreat, on the location site
  • All meals, drinks and snacks catered by a private chef
  • Dinner with cast and crew
  • Dedicated chaperone
  • Excursion to Highclere Castle, shooting location for Downton Abbey, plus a visit to the ‘Real’ Hetherington from the book
  • Be an extra!! (If you would like to)
  • Signed copies of all the novels
  • Daily specially prepared cocktails
  • Personalised souvenir T-Shirt
  • Where is the real Hetherington? Airport transfers (London Gatwick)
  • PLUS Associate Producer credit

Limited availability:
Where is the real Hetherington?Only 8 spaces, in single or twin rooms with ensuite facilities


Where is the real Hetherington?

Total cost:
$3,995 per person in a single room
$2,795 per person (double occupancy)
100% of your payment for the trip goes directly towards the making of this film and trailer.

Cost does not include:
Flights to UK (transfers will be to and from London Gatwick Airport)

Take a look at your location:
You will be staying in this private retreat in the small countryside village of Hooe, close to England’s beautiful South Coast, less than an hour from the historic towns of Battle and Hasting and from one of the most LGBTQ friendly cities in the World, Brighton.

The video below shows the locations for the shoot, the scenes we will be filming from the novel Gin And It and the retreat centre. Your stay will be a very personally inclusive experience and you will be part of the film family that brings this project together.

Support a project that can help bring change:
This is an exciting project and the intention with the trailer is for it to be a teaser for a TV series, so you will not only be enjoying a fantastic opportunity to be right where the action is taking place, but also supporting the development of a story that has an important message to deliver about inclusiveness and acceptance.


elaineA Personal Message from Author Elaine Sturgess
Gin And It is very special for me, as it is dedicated to the memory of my wife Maria. I started writing the book ten years ago, before she was diagnosed with cancer. She passed away at the age of just 48, a devastating loss that almost broke me. But five years later, I decided to finish the story and write it with as much of her character as I could, with her humour, her wickedness, her happy, free spirit and her belief that ultimately, all that mattered is love.

Bringing this project to the screen is the next part of this journey, a precious opportunity to deliver a message about equality and love that can help to reinforce all the other stories that help the world to reach acceptance. Maria’s passing changed my life – and part of that change was taking me on a journey back to me; to live my life in a way that is true to who I am rather than in a way that I believed was expected of me. I would love to encourage others to do the same.

I’m so excited that Andrea Meyerson will be coming over to the UK to direct; what an honour. And this is a truly international project, with actors from Spain, the US and Austria already joining the team.

If you decide to join us, you will be supporting something that can only be a positive step forward. On behalf of myself and Maria, thank you.


Interested in Joining Us?
Register your interest by contacting us now, remember we have very limited availability and WOAR members are getting the first opportunity to be involved.

Approximate Schedule
(Please note that the schedule is subject to change. Filming will be flexible and scene shoots maybe subject to alteration based on the weather.)

Sunday 5th August
Afternoon arrival at Gatwick and transfer to your accommodation. Evening welcome drinks with Elaine Sturgess and Andrea Meyerson

Monday 6th August
Film Shoot day 1: Outdoor shoots, The Garden Party, Naked Yoga, Bums in the Bushes

Tuesday 7th August
Excursion Day: Depart 8am, morning tour of Highclere
Afternoon tour of ‘Hetherington’
Return Departure at 4.30pm for 7pm arrival back in Hooe

Wednesday 8th August
Film Shoot Day 2: Indoor Shoots, The White Room, Doctor Taylor’s Surgery, The fireplace
Dinner with Cast and Crew

Thursday 9th August
Morning departure transfers to Gatwick.

Total cost:
$3,995 per person in a single room
$2,795 per person (double occupancy)
100% of your payment for the trip goes directly towards the making of this film and trailer.  

Cost does not include:
Flights to UK (transfers will be to and from London Gatwick Airport)
Payment and Terms
Prices on the website are in British Pounds, deposit per person is £720 (approx. $1,000 at current exchange rates) to secure your place, balance payable 60 days prior, on June 6, 2018. £180 ($250) of deposit is non refundable. Deposits are non-refundable after June 6, 2018.

Payments can be made on the link below on the Gin And It website, payments will be made to the Paypal account of Raise A Laugh Publishing and payments can be made by Paypal account of using all major credit cards.

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