DOMINOS MOVIE HAS A KNOCK-ON EFFECT

A group of local film makers is aiming to put Heckmondwike on the map by shooting in several locations in the town.

Nuevo Vida Productions Limited is hoping to start filming the low-budget production Dominos, the Road to Spain in about eight weeks.

Scriptwriter Alan Girvan, 35, who lives in Heckmondwike, has teamed up with Leeds movie makers Ian Jackson, 29, and Julie Richardson, 30, to shoot their first film, a crime comedy set in the north of England.

Al is down on his luck. He has no job, no prospects and worse still, his benefit is about to be stopped. Surviving via scams, tricks and dodgy deals, he is always dreaming of escaping the drudgery of his home town in West Yorkshire.

When he hears about a local gangster who's selling his nightclub in Spain, he sees his way out. Together with his faithful, but slightly dim, sidekicks Charlie and Clarkey, Al hatches a master plan to get the money.

A plan which is going to require all his skills and contacts to stay one step ahead of the law, his rivals and especially his girlfriend.

Several locations in and around Heckmondwike are going to be used in the film, including the Apollon Cafe, Al Murad in Station Lane and a newsagent's shop. Powell Street will be used as the street where Al lives – and will also be for the backdrop for another important scene where the characters steal a pair of jeans from a washing line!

Alan said people in Heckmondwike had been extremely co-operative in allowing their properties to be used for the film.

"Everyone has said yes without any hesitation and they have been positive and keep asking how it is all going," he said.

"We haven't had anyone being negative."

Alan said he hoped the film put Heckmondwike and surrounding areas on the map.

"This film is about supporting local people, boosting the region's film industry and raising the profile of the area," he said.

"It will positively do what The Full Monty did for Sheffield, putting places like Batley, Dewsbury and Heckmondwike on the map.

"Although London remains the heart of the film industry there is so much talent struggling to make it in the north."

Alan said the film company was also looking to set up a studio – and was looking at premises in Heckmondwike.

"There is so much production talent in the area," he said.

"The economic benefits of a studio would be phenomenal for the town and the area as a whole."

By Vicky Dacre