A NEW short film launched tonight on YouTube, charting the links between author Charles Dickens and the Isle of Wight, particularly Bonchurch.

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The film was the brainchild of television producer Jamie Langton, inspired by the discoveries made by Bonchurch locals investigating Dickens' stays in the village.

Among those featured in the film is Ian Dickens, the great great grandson of Charles Dickens, who lives in Gurnard. He said it was clear his ancestor had enjoyed his time on the Island.

Isle of Wight County Press: Jamie Langton filming Alan Cartwright.Jamie Langton filming Alan Cartwright. (Image: Pamela Parker)Also featured are local historian Sue Lowday, who was part of the team of sleuths that made the discoveries, local actor Kevin Wilson, who portrays Charles Dickens in the film, and Alan Cartwright, Dickens enthusiast who ignited the entire project.

Isle of Wight County Press: Winterbourne in Bonchurch, where Dickens stayed.Winterbourne in Bonchurch, where Dickens stayed. (Image: Haviland Cottage)Alan is the owner of Haviland Cottage in Bonchurch, and it was while researching the cottage he kept coming across hints and clues that suggested Dickens had included elements of Bonchurch, and its people, in his writing.

Isle of Wight County Press: Haviland Cottage in Bonchurch.Haviland Cottage in Bonchurch. (Image: Haviland Cottage)The subsequent findings are what give the YouTube film the wow factor, for any Dickens fans. 

The script accompanying the film states: "Alan's research into his cottage revealed a potential connection with two locals that ended up featured in two of Dickens classic novels, Miss Havisham in Great Expectations and Mr Dick in David Copperfield.

Isle of Wight County Press: Blue plaques in Bonchurch.Blue plaques in Bonchurch. (Image: Haviland Cottage)"Dickens first visited the Island alone in July of 1849 staying at Shanklin, but was then introduced to a beautiful house called Winterbourne in Bonchurch where he then spent the whole summer on a family vacation.

"Whilst there Dickens got to know several locals who had similar storyline connections to those in two of his most famous works...."