Going to the dogs on the big screen

Luke Newberry, who plays Derek Springfield in new film Dusty and Me, on location at Askern Greyhound Stadium with Slepper the dog.
Luke Newberry, who plays Derek Springfield in new film Dusty and Me, on location at Askern Greyhound Stadium with Slepper the dog.
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A feel-good film about friendship and first love, which was shot on location in Doncaster, is to be released in the coming months.

Set in 1977, Dusty and Me tells the story of Derek Springfield, an 18-year-old who has just finished school and is hoping his exam results will be his ticket to higher education - and out of the Yorkshire town he grew up in.

Dusty and Me, the final race filmed on location at Askern Greyhound Stadium

Dusty and Me, the final race filmed on location at Askern Greyhound Stadium

However, all that changes when he starts walking Slapper, a greyhound that everyone else has given up on.

Under his care, Slapper’s racing potential is realised. But unfortunately, he’s not the only one to appreciate her newly-found skill and she’s stolen. Thankfully, Slapper soon finds her way home and Derek decides to enter her in a proper race for the first time. The climax of the film comes on the day of the race, filmed at Askern Greyhound Stadium.

Producer Barry Filby said: “The people at Askern were incredible whilst we were filming and could not have done more for us. “They assisted us with people, dogs, logistics and it is through them that the racing scenes are so authentic. “We could not have made this film without their help.”

The film features household names, such as Lesley Sharp and Ian Hart, as well as emerging actors Luke Newberry, who plays Derek, and Genevieve Gaunt, who plays love interest Chrissie.

The film is sponsoring the ‘Festival of Racing’ at Askern Greyhound Stadium on Sunday, November 8 which some cast and crew are expected to visit. Call 01302 482072 for details.