Dominic Brunt has become one of Emmerdale’s best-loved characters as vet Paddy Kirk.
But away from the hit ITV soap he’s also been honing his skills as a feature film producer/director.
Now film goers in Hebden Bridge can see his latest offering The Taking, which previews at the Picture House (7.45pm next Tuesday, March 10) two months head of its national release to cinemas and as a DVD in May.
The film stars Dominic’s wife Joanne Mitchell and their friend from drama school Victoria Smurfitt who starred with Hugh Grant in the smash hit About a Boy and who flew in from her home in Los Angeles to make the psychological thriller.
Shot in and around Calderdale including Todmorden Market place, it tells the story of Bex (Smurfitt) and Dawn (Mitchell), two market stall traders who borrow money to realise a dream of opening a posh cafe. But it all goes badly wrong when they borrow from an unsavoury character leading them into a downward spiral of debt and destruction.
“It was great to have the dynamic of Vicky and Jo together and their friendship really shines on screen,” says Dominic, (pictured far left).
The Taking was written by Emmerdale writer Paul Roundell and has worldwide distribution with Metrodome International. It also stars Halifax actor Adam Fogerty and Jonathan Stringer (pictured below).
Back in November it was the opening film at the Leeds International Film Festival.
Adds Dominic: “After the success of Before Dawn (a Zombie feature), we were given the opportunity to make our second film with a much bigger budget and state of the art equipment.
“Making a film for a studio meant a different set of pressures but ultimately we were able to make a much slicker and more commercial film and importantly, reach a far bigger audience.”.
lTickets are available on the door.