Premiere set for Hartlepool-filmed movie Harrigan

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A DATE has been set for the premiere of a gritty crime thriller that had some of its key scenes filmed in Hartlepool.

Harrigan stars North- East-born actor Stephen Tompkinson in the title role as a tough copper trying to clean up a lawless estate.

Movie producers shot dramatic scenes in Hartlepool’s Carr Street, off Hart Lane, last year as the street was transported back to the 1970s.

Makers TallTree Pictures has now put all the finishing touches to the movie and it is set to be shown to the public for the first time at 7.30pm on September 16 at the Gala Theatre, in Durham City.

The film, which is directed by Vince Woods, had been given its first screening to the cast and crew at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle at the beginning of the year.

Carr Street was filmed for a host of scenes, including backstreet fights and a riot, while Hartlepool United Supporters’ Club, in Sandringham Road, became a “green room” for cast and crew.

The council even put up old 1970s lampposts in the street for the shoot.

Filming also brought back memories for one of its actors, Darren Morfitt, who used to live in Hartlepool.

He is best known for appearances in horror film Dog Soldiers and TV series 55 Degrees North.

Stockton-born Tompkinson stars as the lead character Barry Harrigan.

The story sees the police detective return to his patch after an 18-month secondment in Hong Kong and finds there have been massive changes while he was gone – and not for the better.

During his time in town, Tompkinson told the Mail: “Harrigan is at heart an old-fashioned western with the sheriff taking on the bad guys and I am hugely excited about it.

“You start with a really good script with great writing and that transports the story for everyone.

“The whole team involved in the project are extremely passionate about it and I am thrilled to be part of that.”

A limited number of tickets are available for the premiere at www.galadurham.co.uk