Movie shot in Sunderland to have its UK premiere

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A FILM shot on Wearside, which went on to receive international acclaim, is to have its UK red carpet premiere.

Cineworld Boldon is hosting the one-off showing of Dead Frequency, a psychological thriller with a vampire twist in the tale.

The independent flick, which was partly shot at 107 Spark FM studios in Sunderland University, is about a radio presenter battling depression and alcohol addiction.

A gritty love story with real bite, it was shortlisted for the final round of last year’s Stepping Stone Film Festival in India – a showcase for emerging film talent – and now it’s set to grip audiences at home.

The film, which was shot around the North East and used local actors, is the brainchild of writer and director Rob Burrows who is hoping that Dead Frequency will promote film-making in the region.

Rob, who juggles being director of Solarus Films with his job as an A&E nurse practitioner at Sunderland Royal Hospital, said: “Dead Frequency went down very well at Stepping Stone.

“Out of the 175 films submitted from 24 countries it was one of a few to be screened. They take films very seriously over there, so it was a big deal to reach the final.”

Dead Frequency cost only a few thousand pounds to make, but competed against films in the festival which had multimillion-dollar budgets.

Rob added: “I made the film with the objective of it being seen, not to make a profit, so I’m hoping the British premiere will generate even more interest.

“It’s amazing that Cineworld are backing us in this way.

“They have said it’s the first time they have done a premiere like this for a locally-made film. The hope is that if the film is well supported there will be further screenings.”

Cineworld Boldon general manager, Peter Dale, said: “We feel extremely honoured to premiere Dead Frequency, not only because Rob is from the area, but also because he has created a great piece of film that we can all be proud of.

“Thanks to Rob’s passion and hard work, Dead Frequency is sure to put the North East on the film industry map.”

Rob is in the middle of filming Entwinement, a relationship drama filmed in Newcastle nightclubs.

* Dead Frequency is being premiered at Cineworld Boldon this Monday at 8.30pm. Tickets are £5 with all proceeds going to The Royal British Legion.

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