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INVERCLYDE Zombie Musical Set For Christmas Release In USA

The trailer for the film features a scene shot in Kingston housing estate

A ZOMBIE musical Christmas movie made in Inverclyde has attracted a high-profile American distribution company which plans to show the film in the USA over the festive season this year.

The production crew for Anna And The Apocalypse was based at the former St Stephen's High School in Port Glasgow for a number of weeks at the start of last year, with much of the movie being filmed in the building.

Ella Hunt

Orion Pictures has acquired the North American and Latin American rights to movie. Orion, recently relaunched by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) as a new, stand-alone U.S. theatrical marketing and distribution company, plans to release Anna and the Apocalypse in the 2018 Christmas season. No announcement has been made so far regarding the film being shown elsewhere, including the UK.

The film stars Ella Hunt (Our Robot Overlords) as Anna, Mark Benton (The Halcyon), Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones) and a breakout group of emerging talent including Malcom Cumming, Ben Wiggins, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux and Marli Siu.

Embraced by fans and critics alike, the film’s world premiere was at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, last year where it was met with critical acclaim. It also played at Sitges Film Festival in Spain, where it won the award for Best Midnight X-Treme Feature Length Film.

Filming with star Ella Hunt in Cathcart Square, Greenock, in January 2017

Anna and the Apocalypse is based on the 2010 BAFTA winning short film Zombie Musical. It was directed by John McPhail (Where Do We Go From Here); written by Alan McDonald and the late Ryan McHenry, with original music by Roddy Hart and Tommy Reilly. The film was produced by Scottish company Blazing Griffin.

John Hegeman, President, Orion Pictures, said: “The team at Orion can’t wait to work with Blazing Griffin in making Anna and the Apocalypse a holiday spectacular for the ages. Nothing gets the blood flowing like a good holiday musical.

“The Orion logo was on the front of so many of our favourite films growing up. It’s a real honour that Anna and the Apocalypse will join the ranks of the films that inspired us.

"We are elated to have a partner in Orion that is as passionate about our film as we are,” said Blazing Griffin producer Naysun Alae-Carew.

In Anna and the Apocalypse, a zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven forcing Anna and her high school friends to fight, sing and slash their way to survival with a fast-spreading undead horde in relentless pursuit.

View the trailer on YouTube

Above, a scene outside Wellpark Mid Kirk, in Greenock, as it appears in the trailer and, below, as it was being filmed in January, minus the special effects

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