Grab your chance to be a movie extra as film makers head to Durham

Gemma Arterton and (below) former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston.
Gemma Arterton and (below) former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston.
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IF you have ever fancied rubbing shoulders with the cream of British cinema, now is your chance.

A call for extras has been sent out as movie legends descend on the region to shoot a new film.

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A stellar British cast, including Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave, cinema legend Terence Stamp, Bond girl Gemma Arterton and former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston will star in London to Brighton director Paul Andrew Williams’ latest offering.

Song for Marion is a comedy drama about grumpy pensioner Arthur, played by Stamp, reluctantly inspired by his beloved wife Marion to join a highly-unconventional choir.

Filming begins today for six weeks.

Locations in County Durham, including Chester-le-Street and the Framwellgate and Belmont areas of Durham City, will provide the backdrop for scenes.

The crew is looking for anyone over 16 to get involved in shooting in Newcastle on July 22 and August 2, and Durham on August 9.

They could become part of cinema history and mingle with some of Britain’s acting royalty.

Karl Liegis is the film’s crowd assistant director, which involves working with the extras from registering them through to the filming.

“It really is come one, come all,” said the 30-year-old. “We want anyone to get involved, you don’t need any experience.

“We need as many people as possible. So far we have had a great response, but we need lots of people to make-up a richly textured landscape. We want a real variety of people.”

Mr Williams was drawn to the North East as a filming location due to its rich choir scene and landscape.

Karl said: “The choir in the film will be made up of people from actual choirs in the North East.

“The North East has such great scenery and it’s manageable and commutable.

“Paul has been looking at it for a while as a possible filming location.

“I know the filming days are during the week but if people have a couple of holidays, book them off and get in touch. We really need the region’s support with this one.

“It’s a great opportunity to be in a film with some of our finest actors,” added Karl.

Register at www.songformarion.com.

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