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Film-makers have arrived in Rutland to recruit extras for their latest production.

The team from Full Metal Package are hosting drop-in sessions this week to recruit dozens of performers for their Rutland-based film.

A Sober Dance will be recorded at various locations around the county next week including Oakham Castle and All Saints’ Church.

Film-makers Owen Hurrell, James Weight and Ed Kitchen visit Yew Tree Avenue in Clipsham. Photo: Lara Dunn Photography
Film-makers Owen Hurrell, James Weight and Ed Kitchen visit Yew Tree Avenue in Clipsham. Photo: Lara Dunn Photography

The film explores the issue of post traumatic stress disorder and the coping mechanisms adopted by soldiers and civilians during wartime.

It follows the story of a disgraced soldier who is tried and sentenced for the murder of his unit. He is exiled from his settlement and re-stationed at the Far Reaching Front.

His harrowing journey is made worse by the constant flippancy of his companion who is a macabre musician with a dark sense of humour.

Extras are needed for a scene at Oakham Castle
Extras are needed for a scene at Oakham Castle

The pair set off on a journey to the end of the world and to the heart of a war that has already taken so much of the soldier’s sanity.

Creative director Owen Hurrell said: “We’re looking for anyone who wants to help us tell this story.

“Most regular people don’t believe they have got what it takes to be on a film set but this is a community-led project and everyone is welcome.

“No experience is required - we just need people who can get to the shoot.”

All Saints' Church in Oakham is one of the venues to be chosen for filming
All Saints' Church in Oakham is one of the venues to be chosen for filming

Filming will take place from Monday to Sunday next week, with most recording taking place in the evenings.

The main scenes for the extras will be filmed at the weekend, culminating in a finale at Oakham Castle on Sunday, February 13.

The extras will play villagers, a pitchfork mob and mercenaries.

Owen said: “Rutland has some really scenic planes and Oakham has a blend of both the modern and rustic.

“It has turned out to be a fantastic location and the people are so keen to get involved.”

The production team will host their first drop-in session for over 18s at The Falcon Hotel in Uppingham tonight (Wednesday, February 2) at 7.30pm.

There is another opportunity to find out more about the project on Friday (February 4) in the Barn Room at The Wisteria Hotel, Oakham, at 7.30pm.

Once its edited, the 15-minute drama will be put forward for a slot at the Cannes Film Festival.



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