Low-budget war film being shot around city
Film-makers are shooting a low-budget Second World War feature.
Sawscale Films, of Leicester, is working with 7/5 Productions – at Phoenix, in the cultural quarter – and local actors to create the wartime film The Fort.
The production tells the story of four German soldiers who take refuge in a deserted fort during the closing months of the war.
Scenes have been filmed in the city at Leicester Cathedral and in studios at Phoenix Square.
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Cosby and Barkby have also been used as locations.
Writer and director Doug Cubin, who lives in Syston, said: "It is an anti-war film, detailing their experiences of the war, the families they have left behind and their contemplation of the future.
"The film deals with the viewpoint of the average soldier on the losing side."
The cast is made up of local actors including some who have appeared at the Little Theatre. Among them, Andrew Joshi, was in the film Tomb Raider 2.
Mr Cubin has managed to get small amounts of sponsorship but said he was having to find the bulk of the £12,000 budget himself.
He has been helped by Phoenix, which is providing technical support and areas for filming interior scenes.
He said: "Most of the people involved in performing and production are giving their services free and fitting it in between their work and family commitments."
Last weekend, the cast and crew travelled to Dover to film at The Drop Redoubt, near Dover Castle, which appears as the fort.
Mr Cubin, who draws maps when he is not making movies, said: "It dates from the Napoleonic War and was ideal to create the atmosphere I wanted."
On Hallowe'en they filmed a "key scene" at Leicester Cathedral – although Mr Cubin would not reveal further details.
Mr Joshi said: "The experience so far has been one of intrigue.
"The director has kept his cards very close to his chest in terms of this story, which has kept the enthusiasm for the piece between the cast and crew at a high level.
"It's still very early days on the production and I for one can not wait to get stuck in.
"The rushes from the first day on location make for good viewing.
"So, fingers crossed, it will continue and make for a fantastic film."
Mr Cubin said he expected the finished 80-minute film would be ready for release early in 2014.
It is likely to be shown at festivals and film clubs.