Hollywood star in town to film movie

Hollywood actor Tim Roth
Hollywood actor Tim Roth

A HOLLYWOOD actor came to Hartlepool as a big-budget film rolled into town.

Scenes for The Liability, featuring Tim Roth – of Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs fame – in the leading role, was being filmed in Hartlepool yesterday.

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

Caravans and production vans were parked up at the Owton Lodge pub, off Stockton Road, with the crew using the building as a base.

It is thought that filming was taking place on the roads nearby using a flat-bed truck with a caravan on the back.

The actors and crew are expected to be in the Teesside area for the next two to three days.

Producer Rupert Jermyn, of Corona Pictures, told the Mail: “We’re travelling all over the North-East filming and it is great seeing all these great locations.

“The North-East is getting a lot more films.

“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 are travelling all over the region, from Holy Island in the north to Redcar in the south, using both urban and rural locations.

The film makers aim to have the film completed for the Cannes film festival in May, with the UK release expected in August.

Funding of £138,000 has been given to the production company from Northern Film and Media’s Finance for Business.