Uckfield scenes appear in feature film

Filmmaker Jack Sambrook chose scenes from his Uckfield home town as settings in a crime drama just released on Amazon Prime.

Bad Guys the film made by Jack Sambrook now available on Amazon Prime.

The former Uckfield College student grew up on West Park with his garden backing onto the nature reserve and, beyond that, into Lake Wood.

He said he had always wanted to catch the lake on film, having spent much of his time there while growing up, and now it appears in his film Bad Guys.

Jack Sambrook.

Look out for a grave being dug in the film – that was in his parents back garden.

For the storyline the scenery is supposed to be in the north of England because that is where the bad guys, played by Jack himself and co-writer Will Unsworth, head for after one of their jobs goes seriously wrong.

The 70-minute film about the two young criminals was made on a shoestring budget and before being released on video did well in festivals.

Bad Guys won Best British Feature at the London Independent Film Awards, Best Feature at CKF International Film Festival and Best No Budget Feature at the Gold Movie Awards.

Jack, 27, who now lives in Brighton, also won Best First Time Director at the London Independent Film Awards.

Jack’s family still lives in Uckfield and his parents are actively involved in the community with his mother Jane being a volunteer at Uckfield Volunteer Centre and his father Sandy known for putting the town Christmas tree up every year.

Jack Sambrook, left, and Will Unsworth who are lead characters in their own film.

The filmmaker went to Rocks Park Primary School before going on to Uckfield College. He played for Uckfield Grasshoppers from the age of 12 to 16.

It was after a backpacking trip around South-East Asia at the age of 20 that Jack realised he wanted to be a filmmaker.

He was accepted into Brighton Film School – now Screen and Film School – and from day one fell in love with the craft of filmmaking.

Lake Wood as seen in Bad Guys.

He said: “During the first year I made my first short film and knew I wanted to be a writer/director.

“I made two more short films during my three years there, learning loads along the way but, perhaps most importantly, meeting the people who I still work with now, including my good friend and co-writer Will Unsworth.

“Since graduating in 2016, I’ve gone on to make six more short films, and felt I was ready to cross over to a feature film.”


He and Will had acted in short films before and playing the lead characters in their own production helped keep costs down over the 18 month period of filming.

Jack said that the response to the film so far had been positive with critics and the general public enjoying it.


He and Will are excited to have the film in the public domain though it’s tough to promote it with the Coronavirus pandemic stopping them from meeting people and working on extra content to sell the film.

But they have set up a Facebook page Bad Guys Film, and you can find the listing on Prime Video here. 

The Bad Guys IMDB page is here and the film’s trailer can be seen on YouTube.

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