Trailers released for Screwed film

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TRAILERS are now on show for Screwed, the new prison drama which was filmed in Scarborough.

The film, which features dozens of extra’s from the town, will be released in cinemas on June 3.

The gritty Brit-flick is based on the best-selling novel, also entitled Screwed, by former prison officer Ronnie Thompson, was directed by Reg Traviss.

Mr Traviss has a number of successful films behind him, including Joy Division and Psychosis – and Screwed is likely to be just as hard-hitting.

Actors and the crew spent weeks in Scarborough at the former Victorian prison in Dean Road, which was used as one of the main locations during the six week shoot.

The lead role of Sam Norwood was being played by James D’Arcy, who previously starred in the Russell Crowe film Master and Commander, and he said the film represented his character’s journey after leaving the army.

During filming in Scarborough he said: “I think it’s great. It’s a prison story but it’s told from the point of view of the prison officers.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that before. I think Reg really knows what he wants to do.”

He added it was good to be working in an authentic location because purpose-built sets often lacked the atmosphere of Dean Road gaol.

The film’s extras co-ordinator Johnny Lynch said he had never known such a response in the past as more than 112 people responded from Scarborough for a chance to appear in the film.

The majority of the roles for extras were prisoners and Mr Lynch said there were around 20 “hero convicts” – extras who would be working throughout the production.

Officers from Scarborough Council helped in finding suitable locations for the film around the town.

The council hopes the gritty movie will be as big as a success as Little Voice, which was also filmed in the streets of Scarborough and starred Michael Caine, Ewan McGregor, Jim Broadbent and Jane Horrocks.