Hollywood has arrived in the West Midlands with not one but two films currently being shot in the area, bringing with them some famous faces.
Ever thought you’d spot Helena Bonham Carter or Freddie Highmore (the little lad from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) in Wolverhampton? Well, you probably still won’t, but they are there… Their new film TOAST, based on food writer Nigel Slater’s childhood in 1960’s Wolverhampton, is a bittersweet trip down memory lane retrieving the tastes and smells that a young boy associates with his journey into adulthood.
Screen WM, the regional screen agency that have invested in the film, hope to secure a more sustainable screen media sector in the West Midlands. Suzie Norton, CEO, Screen WM says:
“We are delighted that Ruby Films has made Birmingham and the Black Country its home for the production of TOAST. The film will make excellent use of the region as the backdrop to a unique and touching story, and the benefit of the additional economic impact, whether through employing local crew or using local facilities and locations, cannot be underestimated.”
TOAST is not the only film to be making use of local people and places at the moment. BAFTA-award winning producer/director team Natasha Carlish and Michael B Clifford are look for 150-200 extras to star in their latest film, Turbulence, and you could be one of them.
Extras will be needed for scenes being shot on Tuesday July 20 from 7-11pm in the Hare and Hounds pub in Kings Heath. Willing participants will star in scenes in the movie and all they have to do is enjoy ‘The Scholars’ live on stage…whilst being filmed of course.
Turbulence, which is being shot around Kings Heath and Moseley, is an indie musical comedy developed using online social media. All the characters were developed using Facebook and the makers aimed to get as many people involved as possible so that everyone can “own” a part of it.
The actors (David Alwyn, Adrian Banks, Emma Devereaux, Connor Mills, Shay O’Driscoll and Sophie Waller) are all recent graduates of Birmingham School of Acting and director Michael said: “My biggest resource is actors. So we started with them instead of a script, the usual place to start… That makes the script so much richer and built around a world and characters that already exist!”
If you’re intereseted in being an extra in Turbulence email turbulence.mail [@] gmail.com