The Sweetman File

Files purloined by British Intelligence during the chaotic conditions at the storming of Stasi Headquarters in 1990 have been "lost" for some years. When the PM offers to return them to the present German administration, the hunt is on. But MI6 is not alone in wanting to trace the documents. Who else has an interest, and for whom are they working? And what is so special about the Sweetman file?

  • Duncan Crossland
  • Roger Williams
    Switchback, Whitechapel '71, A Kind of Peace, Old Sins Cast Long Shadows
  • Duncan Crossland
  • Rod Bassett
  • Ian Kinnear
  • Peter Gammage
    Key Cast
  • Guy Rouquette
    Key Cast
  • Andrea Furie
    Key Cast
  • Patricia Todd
    Key Cast
  • David Reed
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 23, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital AVCHD
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director - Duncan Crossland, Roger Williams
Director Statement

This film is the product of a small group of filmmakers who bring many years of experience to the project, including professional filmmaking, acting, writing and other areas. My intention when working with them was to explore in the film the motives of a group of people who clearly had a shared past and were now engaged in a chase to find a missing file. I was keen to add a degree of mystery and uncertainty as each character attempts to piece together the significance of the Sweetman file and the motives of the others. They are gradually drawn together in a variety of relationships and alliances and finally to an isolated spot where the files have lain for years. At this point the various motivations of the main characters drive them to act, driven by love of family, unrequited love for an old flame, plain greed or perhaps a desire for revenge for a wrong committed against them. I wanted to create a spy film with a difference, with no hero and little patriotism but a group of people with their own desires and weaknesses.