Town screening for Screwed film

Actors James D'Arcy and Jamie Foreman outside Dean Road prison during the filming of Screwed
Actors James D'Arcy and Jamie Foreman outside Dean Road prison during the filming of Screwed

PEOPLE in Scarborough will get the chance to see a film shot in the area from tonight.

Gritty prison drama Screwed is due to be shown at the Hollywood Plaza until next Thursday.

Mark Witherington, a 44-year-old pub landlord from Gristhorpe who spent two weeks as an extra on the film, said that more than 100 people from the area had been involved in the production and welcomed the news that it was being shown in the area.

He said: “It had to be done. With it being filmed in Scarborough I think people would have been very disappointed if it hadn’t been shown in Scarborough. People came from all over England to be in this film.”

The film is based on the book of the same name by Ronnie Thompson which is semi-biographical and chronicles the realities of life behind bars through the eyes of the guards.

James D’Arcy stars as Sam Norwood who leaves the Army after a traumatic tour of duty in Iraq and, unable to find alternative work, he joins the prison service as a guard.

And he witnesses first-hand the corruption and violence that is hidden away behind secure walls.

Mr Witherington, who was a prisoner in a number of scenes, said working on the film had been an interesting experience. He added: “When we did the riot scene we were told to be careful because they wanted it to be authentic.”

Reg Traviss, the film’s director, said that he was pleased people in Scarborough would have a chance to see the film because most of it was shot in the town.

He said: “Without Scarborough we couldn’t have got the film made. Had we shot the film somewhere else we wouldn’t have had the same help and it would have been a different film altogether. Both Ronnie and I are very happy with the film.”

Johnny Lynch, who was the extras coordinator during the month-long production, agreed that it should be shown in the town. He said: “It is it’s spiritual home.”

Andrew Nesbit, the general manager of the Hollywood Plaza, said: “It was obvious that the film had to be shown in Scarborough. We couldn’t do it on the release date because it was at the same time as several other films.

“I’ve had quite a few inquiries about when it would be showing. I think people will come out of curiosity. It’s a good advert for the town and we are glad to be showing it.

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