“We’re Working For Beer & Lunch Money” Says Actor Jason Flemyng As His Directorial Debut “Eat Local” Begins Shooting
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen actor Jason Flemyng begins work on his directorial debut Eat Local with filming currently taking place in Hertfordshire…
It has been a decade of hard work to get Jason Flemyng’s directorial debut Eat Local off the ground and yet filming is just three days in on his low budget comic horror. “The actors are working for beer and lunch money,” he says. “Eat Local has been 10 years in the making and has been through so many different budgets and guises but me and [screenwriter] Danny King have worked together and finally we’re here.”
Described as an action-packed vampire thriller, Eat Local revolves around a young man’s hopeful sexual encounter with an attractive older woman that turns sour when she turns out to be a vampire. Things get more complicated – and action-packed – when a group of mercenary vampire hunters arrive on the scene wanting their piece of the action.
Featuring a stellar cast that includes Netflix’s Daredevil star Charlie Cox as well as Mackenzie Crook, Dexter Fletcher, Freema Agyeman and Eve Myleshead, Flemyng is clearly overjoyed to see the production begin. “We’ve pulled it together, and I’m so thrilled. We’re three days in to shooting and 50% of what we’re doing is better than I could have imagined and 50% is as good as I could have hoped. Everyone is working really hard with budgets they haven’t seen for 20 years.”
Producer Rod Smith of Evolution Pictures says he’s delighted to see the production company’s most adventurous project to date begin filming. “This project has been on my radar for some time and I was delighted that, through Evolution Pictures, we were able to secure Jason Flemyng to make his directorial debut with Danny King’s brilliant script. The cast and crew are all amazing – everyone involved knows that this film will be something very special and an exceptional addition to the genre. I’m very proud to have Eat Local as Evolution Pictures’ biggest film to date, and look forward to everyone being blown away by it!”
Fellow producer Jonathan Sothcott of Hereford Films described his excitement to be working with BAFTA-nominee writer Danny King and called Flemyng the “best prepared directed I’ve ever worked with”. He added: “Eat Local is without a doubt the best film I’ve been involved with.”
The film will seek a distribution deal at the forthcoming European Film Market in Berlin by GFM Films newly formed sales arm GFM Evolution. Principal photography will wrap in February after a four-week shoot in Hertfordshire.