Thriller film set in Doncaster to premiere

Actors Sabylle Bernardin and Jay Martin and Dan Guest, sound man, pictured during filming in the Doncaster Free press office. Picture: Marie Caley D4082MC
Actors Sabylle Bernardin and Jay Martin and Dan Guest, sound man, pictured during filming in the Doncaster Free press office. Picture: Marie Caley D4082MC
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A thriller movie shot and produced entirely in Doncaster is set to make its debut on the silver screen.

The Library, a chilling tale of an occult murder, is set to go on show for the first time next month – with a spooky screening just before Halloween.

David Jason (left) and Ronnie Barker during filming of Open All Hours.

David Jason (left) and Ronnie Barker during filming of Open All Hours.

And producer and director Daljinder Singh is looking forward to showcasing the talents of scores of young actors and off-screen technicians involved in putting the feature length film together.

She said: “It has been a fantastic experience for us all and we’ve worked with some amazing people and some incredible talents.

“We can’t wait to see what the public think of our efforts.”

The movie was shot at a variety of locations across Doncaster – including the Doncaster Star offices in Sunny Bar - in the summer of 2012 and has since been in post-production and tells the tale of a girl who uncovers a grisly trail of events at a local library.

Scenes were shot in the historic library at Hall Cross school, Doncaster Interchange and our very own offices, where the girl investigating the case challenges a local journalist over his reporting of the events.

A mock edition of The Star’s sister paper the Doncaster Free Press was also created for the sequences.

Every aspect of the 90-minute film – from actors, crew to music and production has been kept local.

Daljinder, aged 30, who plans to produce a comedy or drama for her next flick, said: “People who love psychological suspense thrillers will hopefully love what we have done.

“It is very dark and atmospheric and we want it to leave people on the edge of their seats.”

The producer, who has also worked in theatre, said: “This is my first film and it has been a fantastic learning experience and it has been great to do a local project with local people and I think some of the people we have worked with will go on to bigger things.

Daljinder added: “It has been a lot of hard work but it has been worth it.”

The premiere will take place at Doncaster Minster on October 26 from 7pm and tickets, priced at £12, are available from The Blue Building, High Street or on 01302 734309.

From a corner shop to brass bands outside the Minster

Doncaster has a long history of starring on screen.

Its best known appearance is perhaps in much-loved sitcom Open All Hours, starring Ronnie Barker and David Jason, with a Balby hairdressing salon doubling up as Arkwright’s corner shop during filming in the 1970s and 80s.

Doncaster also featured in 1990s movie Brassed Off, with key scenes from the film being shot outside Doncaster Minster – although much of the flick was filmed inGrimethorpe.

Scenes from forgotten comedy flick Whatever Happened To Harold Smith? starring Tom Courtenay were shot in Hexthorpe and The Red Riding Trilogy, a drama about a series of murders in the 70s, was filmed in Stainforth