VIDEO: ‘Zombies’ take over Greatham for action-thriller movie

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AN AMATEUR zombie film which has taken two-and-a-half years to complete has had its final scenes shot.

Hartlepool woman Katy Million plays one of the main parts in DNR Zero, a low-budget film in which many of the scenes were filmed in Greatham Village.

Lights, camera, action: Greatham Village on the outskirts of Hartlepool has been the scene of filming for the no budget horror movie DNR zero. Pictured, from left, are Katy Million, Stuart Rochester (Director), Mick English, Stuart Coatsworth and simon Bartram.

Lights, camera, action: Greatham Village on the outskirts of Hartlepool has been the scene of filming for the no budget horror movie DNR zero. Pictured, from left, are Katy Million, Stuart Rochester (Director), Mick English, Stuart Coatsworth and simon Bartram.

The action-thriller story line sees Katy’s character, Jessica Chapel, fighting her way through the film against an undead apocalypse of zombies.

Katy, along with people from South Shields, Richmond and Yorkshire, have spent their spare time at weekends working on the 90-minute movie with parts of it being filmed in a poppy field near to the graveyard in Greatham and also in her back garden in the village’s Queensway.

The crew filmed the final scenes in the garden on Saturday and the crew are delighted with the results.

They are now going to enter the film into film festivals and hopefully use it to achieve sponsorship for the sequel, for which a script is already ready.

Lights, camera, action: Greatham Village on the outskirts of Hartlepool has been the scene of filming for the no budget horror movie DNR zero. The actors film a scene.

Lights, camera, action: Greatham Village on the outskirts of Hartlepool has been the scene of filming for the no budget horror movie DNR zero. The actors film a scene.

Katy, 33, said: “It’s a zombie film, it’s very boyish with lots of exploding zombies and stuff. It’s an action thriller and it’s really good, we’re all really proud of it.

“There are five or six people in the main cast but we have a really big following of about 40 or 50 people coming along to help out.

“It’s taken so long because we can only film around everybody’s free time, as and when we can get together usually a Sunday. If we could have done it back to back it would have taken about three or four weeks.”

The mum-of-one, who has appeared as an extra in hit television shows George Gently and Vera, and a Wii Fit advert, added: “Some of the film was filmed in Greatham, a few full days at the beginning in a poppy field next to the cemetery.

“We got the zombies ready in the Hope and Anchor pub, on Front Street, and then marched them through the village up to the field. We’ve also done some in my garden as well. There was another time when I was frog-marched around Queensway by guys in balaclavas and handcuffs.

“I had to warn my neighbours about what was happening in case they thought I was a bit weird!”

Film fans can view the movie, written and directed by Stuart Rochester, on You Tube and a premiere will take place in Easington – a location which is central for all involved.

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