Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Bypass starts shooting

It's been a long time in gestation, but shooting on Duane Hopkins' second feature film Bypass is now underway in Newcastle.

George MacKay leads the cast as Tim, in the film which is described as “a character-driven thriller set against the economic backdrop of contemporary Britain". 20 year old George (represented by Gordon and French), recently filmed on Dexter Fletcher's 2nd feature film Sunshine on Leith, and is next to be seen in How I Live Now opposite Saoirse Ronan.

He is joined by 20 year old Charlotte Spencer, who made her feature film debut last year as Steph, Will Poulter's love interest in Dexter Fletcher's directorial debut Wild Bill. Charlotte, who was a pupil at Sylvia Young’s Theatre School, started acting as a child - she was in the original West End cast of Mary Poppins, and is also the voice of Angelina Ballerina.

Produced by Third Films, the cast of Bypass also includes Ben Dilloway and Donald Sumpter.

Samm Haillay, producer and co-founder of Third Films (alongside Hopkins), describes Bypass as “a morality tale of society’s feared and forsaken. These characters struggle to balance their personal morality with the reality of the world in which they inhabit. We aim to create an visceral, exciting, highly distinctive cinematic world using the expressive visual language of the modern realist thriller - this is not about documentary.”

The shoot, which started on the 10th March, is expected to last eight weeks.

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