Fancy being an extra in a zombie virus film? Volunteers sought for film shot in Letchworth and Biggleswade

PUBLISHED: 14:13 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:18 03 May 2017

Letchworth filmmaker Alasdair McWilliams, left, with Biggleswade-based co-producer Andrew Cant. Picture: Courtesy of Alasdair McWilliams

Letchworth filmmaker Alasdair McWilliams, left, with Biggleswade-based co-producer Andrew Cant. Picture: Courtesy of Alasdair McWilliams

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Fancy being an extra in a film about a zombie virus? A pair of filmmakers are looking for volunteers to appear in a scene shot in Letchworth.

Letchworth filmmaker Alasdair McWilliams. Picture: Courtesy of Alasdair McWilliamsLetchworth filmmaker Alasdair McWilliams. Picture: Courtesy of Alasdair McWilliams

Independent filmmakers Alasdair McWilliams and Andrew Cant will be filming at the Four Emblems Club in Station Road on Monday, and they need about 20 extras.

The movie, Positive Result, is set in a world where there is a zombie virus – but Alasdair explained it is less about zombies and more about how society treats those infected with the virus, with parallels to the emergence of Aids.

Alasdair, from Letchworth, told the Comet: “It’s about the way their lives change, how society manages the illness, and how they deal with people’s fear of them – knowing that when they die they will become something monstrous, but still trying to maintain a normal life with that shadow over them.

“While it’s also not a film about HIV/Aids emerging in the ’80s, there are obvious parallels in some of the film’s themes, with fear and prejudice playing quite a prominent part.”

Biggleswade filmmaker Andrew Cant. Picture: Courtesy of Alasdair McWilliamsBiggleswade filmmaker Andrew Cant. Picture: Courtesy of Alasdair McWilliams

Alasdair and Andrew, who lives in Biggleswade, have known each other since they were at Hitchin’s Priory School. They have worked on films together for almost a decade.

Last year they collaborated with Stevenage’s David Winter on a short film called The Bad Boy, shot in Stevenage and Biggleswade – but David has since moved away and so cannot be involved this time.

Other projects have included a thriller about murderous office colleagues in Islington, and an HP Lovecraft-inspired horror film in and around Derbyshire.

“The benefit to having worked on these other projects is the contacts we’ve made,” said Alasdair.

Alasdair McWilliams and Andrew Cant shooting previous film The Bad Boy at George's Hall in Biggleswade. Picture: Courtesy of Alasdair McWilliamsAlasdair McWilliams and Andrew Cant shooting previous film The Bad Boy at George's Hall in Biggleswade. Picture: Courtesy of Alasdair McWilliams

“The indie filming community is pretty close-knit and on the whole very supportive. You quickly realise that there are people up and down the country – with zero or a low budget budget – working on some really cool films.

“The other thing you realise is that there are loads of people outside the filming scene who are happy to support and help.”

Alasdair and Andrew will also be shooting at the Weatherley Centre in Biggleswade on Sunday.

They need extras aged 20 and up to help populate a nightclub scene at the Four Emblems Club on Monday. Filming is set to be for a few hours around lunchtime.

If you’re interested in being an extra in the Letchworth scene, get in touch with Alasdair and Andrew through facebook.com/fingernailfilms.

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