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Magic Roundabout is about to get scarier
7:30pm Saturday 24th August 2013 in News
THE Magic Roundabout is already the stuff of nightmares for some drivers but soon it will take a terrifying turn on the big screen as a backdrop in a new feature-length horror film being shot in Swindon.
Prominent locations including the infamous roundabout as well as the Steam Museum will be making an appearance in Disturbed, a mystery thriller being produced in two languages and filmed in the town.
Swindon-based independent film makers Nakkeeran Parry and Yegavaani Parmason are trying their hand at creating a feature-length film for the first time after putting together a number of music videos and have put £20,000 into the project.
Nakkeeran, the director of Disturbed, said: “We noticed the production techniques were very similar for music videos and feature films, so we decided to make that next leap.
“We love Japanese and Thai films, and different types of horror which bring something a little different.”
Nakkeeran is relying on his fame as a songwriter to buoy up the new film after he recently had an album produced by Sony India.
“There is a global audience out there and there are no language barriers,” he said.
“It will mainly be made in English but another version of the film will be released in Tamil to expose what we can do to the world.
“We plan to release the film commercially in Malaysia, Singapore, and India as well as the UK, because I already have a following in those countries from my background as a songwriter.
“We already have the network of contacts in those countries so it will be easier to distribute.
“We are based in Swindon and we do all the filming on a part time basis. The money we make in our day jobs all goes into making this film.
“So far we have spent nearly £10,000, but most of the filming has been done now. We expect to spend a further £10,000 on marketing the project around its release.
“While around 60 per cent of the filming is done, we will now be moving on to the outdoor shoots and exteriors.
“One of the best places we will be visiting is the Steam Museum. It has the right character we want to use for the film, and we want to utilise the architecture and the exterior.
“We also want to show parts of the roads and the Magic Roundabout.
“There will be lots of moving car shots and we could think of no better place to set them than the Magic Roundabout.
“We plan to get approval from the council to shoot there, but I do not think it will be much of a disturbance. We will be shooting early in the morning to minimise disruption.”
Oliver Woodward, the production assistant, said: “The last bits and pieces are being shot in September, and it should be released in April 2014. They want to get a bit of local support before they roll it out worldwide.”
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