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Twitter helps clinch football hooligan movie deal for Sunderland writer and Doctor Who actor

Sunderland director Garry Moore at work

Sunderland director Garry Moore at work

AN independent film born from the pen of a Sunderland director has been picked up by one of Britain’s most well-known screenwriters – thanks to a social network site.

Garry Moore, from Red House, took to Twitter to contact a number of celebrities with a trailer for his female football hooligan film, Hard.

Noel Clarke – famed for writing film Kidulthood and directing its sequel Adulthood – liked the idea so much, he offered the Wearside dad a film deal.

Garry said: “Noel was one in a list of people on Twitter I had contacted about the film, he was actually one of the last people I tweeted.

“He tweeted back saying ‘I love this, I’ll get one of my boys to give you a call.’

“Within a couple of days I was on the phone with his co-producer, and within a couple of weeks I was in London having a meeting with Noel.”

Noel, who has also starred in Doctor Who, is changing the name of the film and re-drafting the script with Garry.

It will be co-produced with Jason Maza, best known as an actor in films such as Rise of the Foot Soldier, Anuvahood and The Hooligan Factory.

A finance and distribution deal is in place once the finishing touches have been made to the script, with a view to shooting the film later this year or early 2015.

In the meantime, Garry, a writer, director and producer, is appealing to Wearside film fans to help him with a new project which he is making with his own company.

He plans to shoot horror film Invaded in Sunderland and has launched a crowd-funding campaign to get it off the ground.

Through donations and his own proceeds from the Hard film project, Garry hopes to raise £100,000.

Garry said: “Contributions start from as little as £2, but there are big perks for the more serious contributors.

“There are chances to be an extra in the film, opportunities to audition for speaking roles, to become a co-producer or executive producer, chances to visit the set and get a behind the scenes tour and to watch the director, cast and crew work.

“There will also be chances to visit the edit room to see the film being edited, private screenings to see the film before its release and much more besides. Local businesses can also get their corporate logo and identity advertised in the film’s credits.”

He added: “It is so difficult, especially at my level, to get investors interested without the help of someone like Noel and Jason, so I’ve set up a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo to try and raise the budget.”

Invaded, which is comparable to horror films The Last House on the Left and The Strangers, will tell the story of a single mother trying to protect her family from a vicious teenage gang intent on doing them harm when they invade their home.

Once funding is complete, Garry plans to invite Noel and Jason to Sunderland to take a role in the film.

Garry added: “I want to try and make the film in Sunderland and so I’m putting a shout out to the people of Sunderland to get involved. If the film gets made, it will help generate jobs in the city and have a beneficial knock-on effect for local business as we’ll be using local hotels, accommodation and taxi firms.

“We’ll also need services such as catering, office supplies, facilities management, security, equipment suppliers and much more besides.”

lTo donate to making Invaded, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/invaded.

 

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