Sunderland film fans can enjoy a cinematic treat ahead of Halloween - by taking their seats for a spine-chilling screening of a new zombie horror.
BAFTA award-winning director Stuart Brennan’s new zombie flick Plan Z, starring Wearside-born actor and Horrible Histories author Terry Deary, will be showcased at The Point, in Holmeside, Sunderland, at 8pm on Monday.
The audience will have the opportunity to give their feedback during a question and answer session with the film makers, before the movie goes to the US to be screened at the American Film Market in Santa Monica next month.
The Californian event gives distributors the opportunity to view new films and decide which ones they want to distribute worldwide.
Mr Brennan, who produced new film Tomorrow with Martin Scorsese and runs production company Stronghold, wrote, directed, produced and stars in the zombie thriller.
He said: “The film is almost finished and we want to get audience feedback and reaction.
“It’s an opportunity for people to come along, see a movie they know nothing about and give us their feedback.
“I hope a real mix of people, who are interested in independent cinema and have a passion for zombie movies, will come along. A number of the cast and crew, including myself and Terry Deary, will be there.
“It’s a great opportunity to meet the film makers, and we’ll be doing an introduction to the movie and a question and answer session.”
The movie was shot at locations around the world, including Chicago in the US, Dunfermline and the Isle of Skye in Scotland, Verona in Italy, and London.
It’s Mr Brennan’s first film for more than a decade where he has been responsible for writing, starring, directing and producing.
He will also be sharing his expertise with creative businesses, students and people interested in independent film making at the Surviving A Zombie Movie workshop at The Point at 2pm on Tuesday.
The session will cover all the topics around making an independent film.
The secret screening and workshop are coming to Sunderland thanks to Terry Deary’s links with the city and his relationship with Sunderland City Council.
Stuart Brennan said: “Terry was speaking to the council, which said it would love to have a screening in Sunderland.
“When we were given the opportunity by Sunderland City Council to test-screen the film, I was very happy to come and do a workshop as well. I really enjoy encouraging other people to get into the industry, from young actors to creative businesses.”
Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “We’re very pleased to be hosting the ‘secret screening’ in the city and delighted that Stuart will be working with creative businesses and individuals at the workshop.
“The workshop will provide valuable guidance for creative businesses, and who knows, it might even inspire a future Oscar winner from Sunderland.”
The movie has yet to receive a classification but Sunderland City Council advises that the screening is suitable for people aged 18-plus.
The screening will be held at The Point at 8pm on Monday 26 October and the workshop starts at 2pm at the same venue on Tuesday 27 October.