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Visit to the Inbred film set

I received the call late Thursday afternoon, could I make it Friday lunchtime for a brief visit to the Inbred Film set? I arrived on set at just outside Thirsk and was met by Rob Speranza the Line Producer who basically keeps the cast the crew and production team running smoothly; got a problem? Rob sorts it out.First up was Margaret Milner Schmueck the film’s producer (from Northhamptonshire) whose own production company Split Second Films is an Edinburgh Festival award winning production company, specializing in Shorts (8 minute long film). Her job is to keep the film on budget, keep the cameras rolling and the cast and crew housed and happy. German distributors for Alex Chandon’s film Cradle of Fear put up the money for this feature film, Margaret and her production team are extremely busy keeping everything rolling. A thankless task and fine balancing act between cost and artistic intregretity. Margaret was keen everyone should know how grateful the Inbred crew are for the wonderful help they have received throughout the local area for time, accommodation etc. The Inbred film should be ready for viewing next summer 2011 – Margaret said it would be doing the festival rounds first, perhaps horror festivals and hopefully for a theatrical release after that.Seamus O’Neill one of the lead actors came over for a brief chat. Originally from Richmond, North Yorkshire he is someone who has spent a few holidays in Sowerby over the years. Seamus is playing a local publican of a fictional pub (The interior pub shots were filmed in The Little Three Tuns in Finkle Street, Thirsk). Today they were filming the back of the pub (on another location) where Seamus was filming some scenes. He has appeared in numerous TV productions over the years from Auf Widersehen, Pet to Prime Suspect, Cracker, Heartbeat, Casualty, Birds of a Feather, Clocking Off, Shameless and Strictly Confidential to name but a few. The list of his TV credits stretches from the early 1980s through to today. With his Yorkshire background Seamus believes he can bring authentic northern presence and humour to his part and loved the fact it was filming in this part of the world.Leading actress Jo Hartley from Oldham, Greater Manchester plays a social worker in the film. The director sent Jo’s agent the script, and he and the producer met up with Jo, before she accepted a part in the film. Jo’s body of work includes This is England (film) and also This is England 86 (tv series), SoulBoy (a film about the Northern Soul scene in Lancashire in the 1970s), Young Victoria, Flushed, Me and Her, Dead Man’s Shoes and more. Jo loves the script and the fact she is working on such a close knit set. She has even managed the occasional social visit into Thirsk. Her Channel 4 series This is England 86 starts 9th September.The Director Alex Chandon (who hails from London) can’t spare a lot of time as he wants everything to be just so and maximize all the facilities he has at hand. A brief five minute chat enlightens me as to his passion for the project and how he hopes to make a horror film worthy of mainstream audiences and further the British Horror genre. He enthuses about his co writer Paul Shrimpton, and how Paul rewrote the ending to give a more Yorkshire edge and feel to the film. A horror interest seems to bind most of the crew together. Over the years Alex has teamed up with Paul on various projects and also visited Thirsk on a number of occasions over the years. Alex seems to have a real affinity with the region. The idea for Inbred has been bubbling for over 10 years but it wasn’t until late last year that the film took off. It took over three months to script before a finished draft was ready, and by late spring everything was in place for shooting to start at the beginning of August. Alex is pleased that the production, actors and crew are all pulling together and he is very happy with the outcome so far. He was also enormously grateful for all the support everyone locally has shown. After our brief chat he was off once again to meet the challenges of film making on location. To read the full feature see this week's paper or view next week online at our back issues section. 


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