Lancashire students in focus for a feature film

MAKING A SCENE: Directors Andrew Smith, Becky Somers and Dan Ollerhead with director Liam Powell at UCLan preparing to make a feature film set in the city

MAKING A SCENE: Directors Andrew Smith, Becky Somers and Dan Ollerhead with director Liam Powell at UCLan preparing to make a feature film set in the city

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Preston is about to witness a violent murder, with two gun-toting teenagers going on the run.

But the blood will be fake and the chase scenes well-rehearsed as movie students from the University of Central Lancashire put their tuition to the test for a new £10,000 feature film.

As undergraduate projects go it will have an extra-special twist – award-winning director John Hardwick will be focused on how the drama is unfolding.

The man behind films like Svengali and Follow The Money and music videos for the Arctic Monkeys, Travis, Dido, Blur and Manic Street Preachers, has written the screenplay and agreed to be executive producer.

And, although he is due to be filming in the United States in the summer, he will watching from the wings as the students tackle his script.

“It is absolutely amazing to have someone like John involved in this,” said Liam Powell, one of the student producers. “It is his script and he has donated it. So in a sense it is his project as much as ours.”

The story follows two art students who buy a gun for a university project, get excluded and then kill a man before hijacking a taxi and taking off across country.

Filming begins on May 4, with all locations in or around Preston. Auditions have been going on this week to cast the main parts.

“Yes, it’s violent,” confessed Liam who is a second-year film production student. “But that’s the hook. People love violence.

“We hope to have a budget of £10,000, which is quite a big project for us. We have already raised about £5,900 of it and we are trying to get people to back us online.

“For £500 you can get an executive producer credit on the film which, considering that is alongside John Hardwick, is quite something.”

The students are still looking for some locations for the film, including filling stations, DIY stores and an internet cafe. Anyone with ideas can contact Liam on admin@thecollaboratorsmovie.co.uk