Film crew still look for extras

THERE has been a good initial response from people wanting to be film extras in a new prison drama to be shot in Scarborough - but organisers still want more volunteers.

Screwed, which is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by former prison officer Ronnie Thompson, will use the former Victorian prison in Dean Road as one of its main locations.

It will be directed by Reg Traviss and an initial appeal for extras was published in Thursday's Evening News. Helen Taylor, the production coordinator, said there were a few responses within hours of the story appearing in the paper.

She said: "We've had a few but we are still looking for people to keep coming forward. We've had people calling and it is just because we are looking for so many that we still want people to get involved."

Johnny Lynch, the extras coordinator, said that because it was a prison movie a majority of the extras would convicts. He added: "They are not all hard nuts or hardened criminals. We need a variety of people - across the board."

Officers from Scarborough Council helped in finding suitable locations for the film around the town and shooting is set to take place throughout this month and October.

The council hopes the gritty movie will be as big as a success as Little Voice, which starred Michael Caine, Ewan McGregor, Jim Broadbent and Jane Horrocks.

A council spokesman said: "Any disruption while filming takes place will be negligible and will be far outweighed by the benefits.

"We could see the Little Voice factor all over again, with an increase in visitor numbers to Scarborough, and many people wanting to seek out all the places that feature in the film, like Dean Road Gaol.

"It could be a real boost for the local economy, with the positive effect on tourism lasting for many years to come."

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.

The title role will be played by James D'Arcy of Master and Commander fame, with Frank Harper and Noel Clarke also taking leading roles.

The film's producers are looking for Scarborough men - preferably those over 18 - to become involved in the film as extras. Appearance is not important.

Although there will be no payment, those volunteering will be fed and watered. If you are interested, email ms.k.e.sullivan@gmail.com for details.