Filming commenced this week on the action-packed vampire thriller EAT LOCAL, the directorial debut of renowned screen star Jason Flemyng (X-Men: First Class,Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).
Charlie Cox (Netflix’s Daredevil, The Theory of Everything), Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean series, Game of Thrones), Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who) and Eve Myles (Doctor Who, Torchwood) head up an incredible all-star cast, while Flemyng directs a razor-sharp script written by BAFTA-nominee Danny King (Wild Bill).
EAT LOCAL revolves around unwitting Essex boy Sebastian, whose promise of a night of passion with ravishing cougar Vanessa quickly turns into a fight for survival after she introduces him to some of her friends – a coven of hungry vampires – at a remote farmhouse. As if Sebastian’s night couldn’t get any worse, a heavily armed band of mercenary vampire hunters led by the steadfast Captain Bingham crashes the party – and much like the vampires, they’re out for blood.
The phenomenal cast also includes Ruth Jones (Gavin & Stacey), Annette Crosbie (Into the Woods) and Vincent Regan (Lockout, 300), and introduces Billy Cook as Sebastian.
Rod Smith of Evolution Pictures is producing, along with Jonathan Sothcott and Neil Jones of Hereford Films.
Jason Flemyng commented, ‘Eat Local has been 10 years in the making and has been through so many different budgets and guises but me and Danny King have worked together and finally we’re here. We’re 3 days in to shooting and 50% of what we’re doing is better than I could have imagined and 50% is as good as I could have hoped. Everyone is working really hard with budgets they haven’t seen for 20 years and the actors are working for beer & lunch money. But we’re doing it, we’ve pulled it together, and I’m so thrilled’‘
Rod Smith said, ‘This project has been on my radar for some time and I was delighted that, through Evolution Pictures, we were able to secure Jason Flemyng to make his directorial debut with Danny King’s brilliant script. The cast and crew are all amazing – everyone involved knows that this film will be something very special and an exceptional addition to the genre. I’m very proud to have Eat Local as Evolution Pictures’ biggest film to date, and look forward to everyone being blown away by it!’
Jonathan Sothcott noted, ‘Eat Local is without a doubt the best film I’ve been involved with. Danny King has written an absolutely fantastic, smart script and Flemyng is the best prepared director I’ve ever worked with; he’s an absolute natural. The cast speaks for itself and I can’t wait for people to see it.’
Principal photography will wrap in February after a four-week shoot in Hertfordshire.
The film is being sold at the forthcoming European Film Market in Berlin by GFM Films’ newly formed sales arm GFM Evolution. GFM’s Fred Hedman said, ‘GFM Evolution has been formed to focus on commercially attractive genre pictures. With Gangland and We Still Steal the Old Way in the can, Eat Local begins our new year with bite!’