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Englefield Green filmmaker's last duel is just the start

PUBLISHED: 18:35 12 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:20 20 February 2013

Englefield Green filmmaker's last duel is just the start

Englefield Green filmmaker's last duel is just the start

A lesser known historical tale helped an Englefield Green-based filmmaker win best short film at the British Independent Film Festival last weekend.


A lesser known historical tale helped an Englefield Green-based filmmaker win best short film at the British Independent Film Festival last weekend.


The Last Duel, which was written and directed by Don Rutherford and produced by his wife Anna, is based on the last fatal duel in England - an actual event that took place on Priest Hill, between Windsor Castle and Englefield Green.


The duel happened in 1852 when six Frenchmen met to settle their differences, says Don. The best known and honourable among the group, Frederick Cournet, was fatally wounded in the duel and died later that day in the Barley Mow pub (our local).


Only one man went on to speak publicly about the last duel at the time and the filmmakers explore whether the current version of events is the truth or an elaborate cover-up.

We decided to make the film after reading an account of the story on the rafters of the pub, says Don. We shot the film in a field just outside Englefield Green, near to where the actual event happened, and also filmed scenes in Windsor and at the Sun Inn on Wick Lane.


Self-funded and self-produced with help from the local community, friends and industry professionals, you can view a promotional clip of their award winning results at www.thelastduel.com.

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