Movie starring Tim Roth that was filmed in Hartlepool is set for premiere

Tim Roth
Tim Roth

A BIG-BUDGET movie that was partly filmed in Hartlepool is set to have its North-East premiere.

The Liability, which stars Tim Roth of Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs fame in the leading role, was partly filmed in Hartlepool at the end of 2011.

The road movie is released nationwide on May 17, and gets its first screening at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle on Wednesday.

Written by John Wrathall, the Corona Pictures production also features Talulah Riley (Pride and Prejudice and St Trinian’s), Jack O’Connell (from the TV series Skins) and Peter Mullen (Tyrannosaurus).

The production crew had used the Owton Lodge pub, off Stockton Road, as a base for a couple of days while filming was taking place on the Hartlepool roads nearby using a flat-bed truck with a caravan on the back.

The crew then moved on to the car park of the OK Diner, off the A19 near Ron Perry & Son’s.

Producer Rupert Jermyn, of Corona Pictures, told the Mail at the time: “Hartlepool offers an individual and unique setting for part of our story and it’s going very well here.

“This story was always set in the North-East so we wanted to film it here and showcase the best of the region.”

The “darkly comic road movie”, which is being directed by Craig Viveiros, is about Adam, a young man who dreams of becoming a hitman and Roy, a hitman who dreams of retiring.

It has been described as “Get Carter as directed by Tarantino”.

The crew had travelled all over the region, from Holy Island in the north to Redcar in the south, using both urban and rural locations.