Cinema hosts premiere of Bay movie
TORQUAY gets a little Hollywood glitz tonight when the Central Cinema in Abbey Road hosts the premiere of a new movie made in the Bay.
They're Coming is an action thriller made by a cast and crew made up of volunteers.
It has taken four years from concept to premiere for director John Tomkins, and the finishing touches have only just been put to the film.
A trailer shows the action taking place at locations throughout Torbay.
John explained: "We have used a lot of locations for filming, including Paignton Library, the Riviera Centre, Rock Walk and Dot's Pantry.
"I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished version. It has been amazing, but that isn't stopping me feeling stressed."
Filming began on They're Coming in March 2011 and was completed a year later. Since then the movie has been in post-production. "All of the people involved have been doing it voluntarily," said John. "There have been more than 40 of them and while they've been paid in food, basically they're volunteers."
Actors in the leading roles are Tom Menary, Kirsty Anne Symonds, James Cotter, Lexi Carducci and Mark Vernon Freestone. Director of photography is Jim Elton, with Julian Kemp in charge of sound.
Four composers came forward to offer their musical talents, and each has a role in the film's soundtrack.
Local rock band Babysnakes have contributed two songs to the soundtrack, one of which can be heard coming from a car radio. The aim now is to have the film shown at festivals up and down the country, while John is already thinking ahead to his next film project, which will have a science-fiction theme.
Tickets for the 9pm premiere are available from the Merlin Cinema box office on 01803 380001. The film is not suitable for under-12s.