The first feature film from Northern Irish writer/director Stephen Fingleton is currently being filmed in Ballymoney.
The Survivalist is being shot at Leslie Hill Farm which has become a popular location for film makers largely due to the influence of John Leslie whose own company ‘Wee Buns’ has been behind a number of successful films including the award-winning ‘Cup Cake’.
Mr Leslie is regarded as one of the top set designers in the business and is confident that more and more films will be made in the North Antrim area.
The Survivalist screenplay tells the story of a man living in the dystopian future of 2023 where food is scarce, as he encounters a woman and her daughter to form an uneasy alliance to survive.
It was developed through Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus scheme and has since featured on the 2012 Hollywood Black List, a list of the best unproduced scripts the year, as well as the 2013 Brit List.
The movie is hotly tipped for success by industry insiders, when it is released in 2015.
Fingleton explained: “It’s set in the forests of my youth, as it were, the fauna, the type of trees, the time of day, the weather, all these things were in my mind when I wrote the script.
“And so shooting it in the place where I grew up, back when I was young enough to climb trees, I think is great.”
The film stars Belfast actor Martin McCann, best known for 2010’s Clash Of The Titans, and Nymphomaniac star Mia Goth.
McCann said: “I’ve never done a film like this before, it’s a mature, proper film, it looks like a film, and it feels like a film.
“It could be set anywhere, it could be set in America, set in England, but its set in Northern Ireland.”
* Check out www.ballymoneytimes.co.uk