Of Mice and Barnsley movies

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DEPRESSION-ERA California and 21st century Barnsley - they don’t have much in common.

But a new British movie based on John Steinbeck’s American West-set novella Of Mice And Men could be filmed in the town - if a trio of local lads get their way.

Best buds James Nield, aged 26, and 27-year-olds Kieran Harris and Michael Justice, who have all been making showbiz waves after graduating from Barnsley College together, are looking to bring the movie here.

Writer Kieran, now based in Manchester, has produced the script and, with screen actor James, pictured above, and theatre player Michael, who both live in London, he wants to make Barnsley the backdrop.

The three are currently negotiating funding.

“We’d like to come back to Barnsley and give something back,” says James, who grew up in Wombwell.

The script is called Us Ones In-Between and replaces the fruit farms of the Golden State with the factories of the former coal town.

Pub sing-along...

ROLL Out The Barrel?

I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts?

They don’t make songs like those any more, and no mistake.

Go along and sing them - and a selection of other golden oldies - round a pub piano at an evening in aid of Help For Heroes.

Takes place March 6 at The Red Lion, in Penistone Road, Grenoside, Sheffield. Tickets £7 from the pub.