Documentary film going ahead

July 2015

I am very excited that a documentary film based on my book really is going ahead. That is wonderful enough but what makes me even more ecstatic is that two internationally distinguished film- makers, David Parfitt and Robin Bextor will produce it. From the outset they found the historical quest to solve the mystery of the unknown Philippa fascinating, and have worked hard to get the saga shown to a global audience as soon as possible.

Tradition insists the writer is always at the very bottom of the film making heap... but not in this case. When this film is broadcast I know that many others besides me, will appreciate how lucky I was have been caught in this superb creative endeavour.

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Film update

July 2015

Three years ago others were working towards making a film of Rivers of Time and a number of people supported the invaluable reconnaissance done on Nevis. A script was written that was reviewed by a number of people in film production. In the end, another approach was recommended and I was introduced to David Parfitt. The rest is history.

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Work starts on a Rivers of Time film

November 2011

As this book approaches release, it can be revealed that an option has been taken to produce a theatrical film. The director will be Justin Hardy; the screen play writer, Tina Pepler. In November 2010 they will be on Nevis with the author, June Goodfield, for a major reconnaissance trip. They will visit the main locations, meet many of the characters, and work on the screen play which will be completed in January 2011.

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Identity of Philippa's marker stone carver proven

Herman Ward, who as a young boy worked on Philippa's land on Saddle Hill

October 2010

Important information has come to light relating to the identity of James Stanclift who, the author deduced, carved Philippa’s marker tablet but had no documentary evidence to support this claim. James Stanclift was only on Nevis for about five years and then moved to America. Recently the author heard from his descendants, Bill Stancliff of Boston, Bob and Sherry Stancliff of Cincinatti. Over the years they had visited Nevis many times, seeking examples of his work during meticulous searches in all the obvious places. Yet they had no reason whatsoever, to have trekked to one of the most isolated locations on Nevis, in the expectation of finding James's work. But having seen the author's photographs they sent firm evidence, based on his distinctive style, that their ancestor had been the carver. They listed fifteen characteristics common to Stanclift’s carvings in America and those on her marker stone.

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Herman Ward celebrates 100th birthday

Herman Ward, who as a young boy worked on Philippa's land on Saddle Hill

September 2008

June Goodfield received a telephone call from Nevis on Tuesday 23rd September from friends who were just on their way to Herman Ward's 100th birthday party. Mr Ward provided crucial evidence to June Goodfield that helped her unravel the story of Philippa's life and her descendants. A stone mason, he worked on Prentis Works – the land on Saddle Hill where Philippa once lived. Celebrations and congratulations are very much in order.

Two years later [October 2010], he is still going strong!

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Philippa's grave on Saddle Hill