North East cinema gets the Leicester Square treatment

Director Rob Burrows and Sunderland actress Michaela Marshall at the UK premiere of locally shot film, Dead Frequency.
Director Rob Burrows and Sunderland actress Michaela Marshall at the UK premiere of locally shot film, Dead Frequency.
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FORGET Leicester Square. The glitz and glamour of showbiz came to the North East last night as filmmakers premiered vampire thriller Dead Frequency at a Hollywood-style premiere.

Killer heels and dickie bows descended on Cineworld Boldon as the film’s first official screening proved a sell-out.

Partly filmed in Sunderland University’s Spark FM studios and featuring Wearside actress Michaela Marshall, the film is described as a psychological drama that tackles real-life issues – with a supernatural twist.

The film was one of only two UK films shown at the Indian International Stepping Stone Festival – a showcase for emerging independent filmmaking talent from around the world – and director Rob Burrows was thrilled his work looked set to receive a warm reception closer to home.

He said: “It’s sold out, which is great. It shows there’s a lot of support for the film, and the cinema has told me they want to run it again because there’s been such support.

“It’s the first time they’ve done this here.”

Rob – who set up his own company, Solarus Films, to produce Dead Frequency – hopes to use the film as a springboard for more film production in the North East.

He has already started work on his next film, Entwinement, which stars Faye Ormston, 27, a support worker turned actress who plays radio station manager Diane in Dead Frequency.

Rob, whose day job is working in A&E as a nurse practitioner, made the movie for just a few thousand pounds. Faye said he and his work deserved nothing but respect.

She said: “Nobody could criticise the film. Rob had never picked up a camera before but he taught himself how to film, direct and edit.

“He’s done everything himself and he’s had a supportive cast who have stuck by him.”

Faye, who is now registered with a top agency and is set to become a full-time professional actress, will appear alongside sister Amy – who has a small part in Dead Frequency – in Entwinement.

“I’d never done anything like it before and wanted to get involved,” said Amy, 26, who is also a support worker.

“It was only a small part but we had such great chemistry Rob cast us together in Entwinement.”

Amy’s off-screen boyfriend Ashley Chandler, will also play her on-screen partner Steve in Rob’s next film.

Entwinement producer Natalie Edwards, who has a bit part in Dead Frequency, said: “This is the first film and the next one – Entwinement – is going to be big. I’m really excited about it.”

All proceeds from last night’s premiere will go to the Royal British Legion, a cause close to Rob’s heart –as he used to serve as captain of a TA medical unit.