Sunderland film maker’s killer ape movie gets first screening

Still from Klaus The Devil's Primate by Steven Sibley.
Still from Klaus The Devil's Primate by Steven Sibley.
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A KILLER ape will be on the loose in Sunderland tomorrow – but only on the big screen.

Independent film maker Steven Sibley, 31, wrote, directed, shot, and edited Klaus - The Devil’s Primate on a budget of just £150.

The Barnes dad’s 70-minute feature film is getting its first airing at Gatsby’s, in Derwent Street, tomorrow.

Steve, who started working on the film eight years ago, has got engaged to fiancée Sarah Boulter, 26, since he began work on the film and has had a son Logan, now five.

In the film, Falkland veteran Joe Sinclair is trying to hunt down bloodthirsty ape Klaus, after surviving one of his previous massacres.

Sinclair has put together a team of mercenaries, including a ninja, to catch the killer.

Steven said: “We started off eight years ago but a couple of the actors disappeared over time, and I was finishing off other films.

“At that point it was only 20 minutes long, so we shot more footage, and then decided to reshoot the whole film.

“It’s about a killer ape but hopefully it’s more than that. There is an ensemble cast so it’s character driven as well as an exciting action adventure.”

Steven works part-time as a kitchen assistant in a care home three days a week to support the family, while Sarah has just given up her job as an estate agent to concentrate on her acting career and present on bingo channels.

Steven, who is hoping to bring more film work to Sunderland in the future, has been followed by an independent documentary crew throughout the production, who will be at the opening tomorrow.

Tickets are £4 and are available on the door or by calling 07508 804600.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The film is recommended for ages 15 and over.

Steven added: “Klaus is a film that you can sit down and enjoy for the 70 minutes, but it feels like a 20 minute film, because of the pacing.”

He is now hoping to show the film at festivals and to find a European distributor to take it to a wider audience.

The trailer is available at