MURDER, menace and a pair of gangsters’ molls brought the criminal underworld crashing into a north Northumberland village – and they got away with more than £400.
But there was no need for an armed police response unit at the Hindmarsh Hall in Alnmouth, when a sell-out audience gathered for the world’s first showing of crime thriller Villains, which was shot in the seaside community last year.
And the proceeds didn’t go to crime either, with all the money raised being handed over to Northumberland Theatre Company (NTC) by the film’s leading ladies, Joanna Kate Rodgers and Suzanne Kendall.
Screening of the 90-minute feature was also a coup for the area, as it will next be shown at the world-famous Cannes Film Festival in May.
Terry Collinson, who edits the village newsletter, helped make the event possible after approaching director Robbie Moffat while shooting was under way in Alnmouth last April.
“I suggested having a charity showing in the village in aid of the NTC once the film was completed and Robbie very kindly agreed,” he said. “It was an outstanding night and we were honoured to have Joanna and Suzanne as our special guests.”
Pinewood Studios-based production company Palm Tree Entertainment caused something of a stir when it arrived in Alnmouth last year, complete with an ensemble cast dressed as gangsters and toting shotguns.
Filming also took place in Newcastle, Amble, Alnwick and surrounding villages.
Following the screening, Gillian Hambleton, artistic director at the NTC, accepted a cheque for £425.