Monday, September 20, 2010


Filming has wrapped in Rhyl, North Wales on punk comedy Vinyl. Filmed over the summer, Vinyl is inspired by how The Alarm singer Mike Peters had a song rejected and used a young band to mime to his record – which then became a hit. His point was to highlight ageism in the music industry.

The film is directed and co-written by Mike’s childhood friend Sara Sugarman and stars Phil Daniels, Keith Allen, Julia Ford and Perry Benson.

Director and co-writer Sara is delighted with how filming went in Denbighshire. She said: “We’ve had 24 days of shooting and we’re doing our last day here then a few more things in London.”
Explaining the plot, she said: “It’s about how Mike Peters in 2004 was told by a label he was too old to put out his single. So he got four 17-year-olds to mime to his record and it went straight into the charts. When they found out it was Mike, they pulled it.”

Auditions were held for local 15- 18 year olds in the north Wales area for parts in the film. Auditionees had to perform a musical piece with MAJOR PUNK ATTITUDE and play the guitar as well as display their acting skills.

The final line-up for The Poppyfields:

19 year old Jamie Blackley stars as Drainpipe. Jamie (represented by United Agents) was a member of the original Spring Awakening cast, and played George Harrison in the stage adaptation of Beatles musical Backbeat. He has had a number of small TV and film roles including one in E4's Misfits.

Local Rhyl actress 15 year old Alexa Davies who plays Flora.

Joining her in the "band" are fellow local students 17 year old Will Peters,

and Dani Washington,
and Joel Sugarman, nephew of the director Sara Sugarman.

Vinyl is scheduled for release in 2011.

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