VIDEO - Film makes it to the big screen after five years

A standing ovation greeted the closing credits of the premiere showing of a shoe-string budget film by a pair of Sleaford directors.

It has been a five-year labour of love for Rich Dutton and Chris Clark to bring Shadows Of A Stranger to reality, and a large audience of cast and supporters attended its debut public screening at the Odeon in Lincoln on Sunday.

Co-directors Rich Dutton and Chris Clark at the premiere screening of their movie - Shadowes Of A Stranger. EMN-140922-185039001

Co-directors Rich Dutton and Chris Clark at the premiere screening of their movie - Shadowes Of A Stranger. EMN-140922-185039001

As well as using many local amateur actors, they also called on celebrity contacts to attract such mainstream names as Colin Baker (Doctor Who) and Colin McFarlane (Batman Begins/The Dark Knight) to lend their expertise to the project. The Sleaford Standard (renamed as The Meridian Standard) even gets an appearance.

A stylised detective thriller set at Christmas time with a supernatural twist, it draws on the likes of 300 and Sin City for its totally computer-generated backdrop. The entire 2hr 15min film was shot on blue screen - mainly in a farm shed near Billinghay.

The audience was delighted at the quality of the story, shot on a tiny £10,000 to £20,000 budget.

Afterwards, Rich said: “It’s just surreal. We have been building up to this for a long time. I was really pleased with the turn out and people were laughing in the right places.

“Hopefully a wider audience will enjoy it. We are pursuing film festival avenues at the moment.”

Colin McFarlane says he is willing to champion the film and give it the Hollywood treatment.

He said: “I was really impressed with their amazing vision and they deserve a proper budget for a great story and I would love to see people of the calibre of Liam Neeson in it to take it to another level. What better than a Christmas blockbuster?”