Star­ring role for town in new film

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - ALEX HIB­BERT

MAC­CLES­FIELD has bagged the star­ring role in a new block­buster movie.

Thriller The Mes­sen­ger will fea­ture model Lily Cole, Hol­ly­wood star Joely Richard­son and up-and­com­ing Bri­tish ac­tors Robert Shee­han and Jack Fox.

And the ma­jor­ity of the fea­ture has been shot around Mac­cles­field, with scenes also filmed in Manch­ester and Bux­ton.

The cast have been film­ing for the last three weeks and the pro­duc­tion is due to wrap next week, with a cin­ema re­lease pen­cilled in for next spring.

Pro­ducer Terry Stone, who has also ap­peared as an ac­tor in a num­ber of films in­clud­ing Anu­va­hood and Get Lucky, said: “When choos­ing lo­ca­tions its all about what the script de­mands, and Mac­cles­field just fit per­fectly – its lo­ca­tions were ex­actly what we needed, they had ev­ery­thing.

“It’s been great film­ing in the area, every­one has been so friendly and help­ful and things have gone re­ally well.”

The Mes­sen­ger is writ­ten by An­drew Kirk and di­rected by dou­ble BAFTA and Emmy award-win­ning direc­tor David Blair.

It tells the story of Jack, a young man vis­ited by dead peo­ple who still have un­fin­ished busi­ness in the liv­ing world.

Every­one thinks Jack is un­hinged, but af­ter be­com­ing em­broiled with de­ceased Mark – a jour­nal­ist bru­tally mur­dered in his lo­cal park – he finds him­self fi­nally com­ing to terms with his ghostly vis­i­ta­tions.

Robert Shee­han, who plays Jack and has been stay­ing in Shrigley Hall while film­ing, said: “You’re never sure whether Jack re­ally does see dead peo­ple - it could all be psy­cho­log­i­cal. He is be­ing hounded by these peo­ple, or is he? It is a con­stant red her­ring.

“It’s been in­ter­est­ing to play Jack, get­ting that am­bi­gu­ity right. It does fol­low tra­di­tions of some films - Sixth Sense, Ghost - but it is more a thriller, get­ting in­side the mind of some­one who has gone through a very trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It has been great film­ing up here, the town is lovely and every­one has made us so wel­come.

“All the cast and crew are stay­ing around Mac­cles­field and couldn’t be hap­pier.”

●● A crew film­ing scenes from The Mes­sen­ger at Mac­cles­field Cemetery

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