Seaview Meadows home in Saltdean becomes star of new sci-fi short film

A home at a new Hyde New Homes development, Seaview Meadows in Saltdean, is set to become the star of a new short film.

Rachel Chasseud (53), and her husband Orlando (45), opened their doors to a short film crew supported by BFI NETWORK, the UK-talent development programme made possible with National Lottery funding, via Film Hub South East.

The team of independent filmmakers requested their property for the forthcoming sci-fi black comedy entitled “It’s Dog to Make a Houseplant If You’re a Sandwich.”

The 4-bedroom detached home, with its 1930s Art Deco inspired architecture and breathtaking coastal and countryside views, is located at  the award-winning Seaview Meadows from Hyde New Homes.

Described by writer and director Olivia Waring as “a place unlike any other” and “utopian in its appearance”, the crew immediately fell in love with the development, which brings a different perspective to the remarkable location of Saltdean.

Rachel said: “Myself and Orlando both have relatives in the film industry and understand how difficult it can be to find the perfect location – especially if you are a low budget production.

“We absolutely adore our home, and it makes us so happy. We want to support the independent film industry, so when we were approached by the producer, we took the plunge and said yes.”

Based at Seaview Meadows for three days, the crew transformed the Chasseud’s home to give it a futuristic feel, ruled by technological advancements.

Olivia said: “A lot of sci-fi films or TV shows focus on the allure of exciting new ways of engaging with technology, but this film does quite the opposite and imagines a world where interaction is not an option.”

Rachel said: “The crew were absolutely lovely, and we were amazed to see the temporary changes in our home. The filming really caused a buzz between our neighbours, and they were all fantastic in supporting the crew over the three days. It felt like a true community effort.”

Seaview Meadows comprises a crescent-shaped development of 2, 3 and 4-bedroom homes with far-reaching views down to the sea, built around a central landscaped communal garden and backing onto the South Downs. It recently won the Silver prize for Best Interior Design at the WhatHouse? Awards and has been praised for its innovative design as well as its enviable location.

For Rachel, buying at Seaview Meadows was a dream come true: “We weren’t looking to move but one day we spotted Seaview Meadows pop up on social media and we instantly fell in love with it.

“We lived in Brighton and wanted to be nearer the countryside and had never considered Saltdean before. We booked an appointment and decided to take a chance and go for it.”

After selling their Brighton home within a matter of weeks, it was a race against time to move before the stamp duty holiday ended on 30th June.

Fortunately, the couple – along with their two cats Izzy and Monkey – completed on the very last day before the deadline and became proud owners of a 4-bedroom detached home featuring an open-plan kitchen and dining area, with a separate living room at the rear of the home’ leading onto a garden, ideal for entertaining. The four bedrooms are arranged on the upper floor, along with a family bathroom with the circular feature window that has become an iconic symbol of these stunning homes.

Minnie Dando, Head of Marketing and Communications at Hyde New Homes said: “What a fantastic experience for Rachel and Orlando! We are extremely proud of what a spectacular development Seaview Meadows is, and it is great to see it featuring as a location for this film.

“Its vintage, yet contemporary, aesthetic inspired by the nearby Saltdean Lido is truly a sight to behold.”

Just a handful of 3 and 4-bedroom homes are still available at Seaview Meadows with prices starting from £570,000.

For more information or to visit a fully-dressed show home on site, please call 0808 301 9869.