Action star hosts exclusive screening

A scene from Mark Strange's first film, Displaced
A scene from Mark Strange's first film, Displaced
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Former martial arts champion and action star Mark Strange is hosting an exclusive screening of his first film at the Railway Pub in Leyland tonight.

The 40-year-old actor starred in and produced the indie sci-fi/action movie Displaced, which was shot in Leyland and released in 2006.

Mark Strange

Mark Strange

It tells the tale of Stel, a humanoid alien played by Mark, who teams up with a British soldier to pursue a secret file.

It holds alien knowledge and the location of Stel’s missing father, who was captured and imprisoned on Earth by a human paramilitary group.

Mark, from Leyland, who has appeared in blockbusters such as Batman Begins and The Medallion with Jackie Chan, is now readying himself for a starring role in a new film, Zombie Apocalypse.

Tonight’s event, which will also feature a Q&A with Mark, is the first of three being held to raise funds for the project, set to be produced by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creator Kevin Eastman and El Mariachi star Carlos Gallado.

The poster for Mark Strange's first film, Displaced

The poster for Mark Strange's first film, Displaced

Mark says: “Displaced took me seven years to make. It was my first ever movie - I look about 15 in it!

“We did it totally independently with my own team and we even got Ian McKellen to do a voice over for it.

“It did great and got released in America and Japan.”

The pub in Preston Road will also screen Mark’s 2008 follow-up, 12, about a no holds barred fighting tournament, on Thursday, February 6.

A still from Mark Strange's first film, Displaced

A still from Mark Strange's first film, Displaced

And on Thursday, February 20 the venue will screen Bodyguard: A New Beginning, released in 2009, which part filmed in Hong Kong.

Each night starts at 7pm, with an introductory talk from Mark at 7.30pm, an 8pm screening and a 9.30pm Q&A with Mark and the films’ director, Chee Keong Cheung.

Admission is £20 per person, per screening.

Mark says Zombie Apocalypse, which he describes as a cross between Black Hawk Down, Dawn of the Dead and 28 Days Later, has already attracted “a decent chunk” of financing, in part thanks to a crowdfunding campaign.

He and Chee hope to start shooting on the film this year.

He says: “We are looking for individuals and businesses to come on board to help us get to the finish line.

“I want to give that opportunity to people in the North West to get involved with a Hollywood feature film.”

If you are interested in supporting the project, contact Mark by email at markstrange1@gmail.com.