Hitchin dance music film to premiere

A TRIO of record producers have shot a dance culture film in Comet country which premieres this month. Dan Peters, Rick Wilde, and Sean Vincent from Hitchin dance label Sonic Hub Records made Shoot The DJ which stars 80s pop stars Tony Hadley and Kim Wil

A TRIO of record producers have shot a dance culture film in Comet country which premieres this month.

Dan Peters, Rick Wilde, and Sean Vincent from Hitchin dance label Sonic Hub Records made Shoot The DJ which stars 80s pop stars Tony Hadley and Kim Wilde over two years for �5,000, doing all the work themselves.

"We were trying to think of a unique way to introduce all the acts on the label," Sean said. "I came up with the idea of making a film about the label featuring all the acts. We'd never made a film before, only a couple of pop videos, so it took some persuading to get the other two to agree. Anyway, I went away and wrote a script based on an idea that had been floating around my head for a while and five days later it was done.

"We knew we could tap into some contacts we had in the music business and we decided Tony Hadley would be perfect for the part of 'Eddie', so we phoned him and he was really into the idea. Kim Wilde is Rick's sister, so we knew we could count on her too."

Filmed in Hitchin and Stevenage as well as other locations across the region, the plot follows two record producers who turn to drug dealing when the hits dry up.

"Nearly all the club scenes were shot at Remix in Hitchin. This is a film about DJ culture and club culture, so it features a lot," Sean said.

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"We got into trouble a few times. Once we were filming a scene in Stevenage where Tony Hadley has to kidnap my character. We shot the scene seven or eight times and eventually the police turned up because someone had phoned and told them there was a kidnap going on. Luckily, the policewoman that turned up recognised Tony and everything was fine."

"The small budget meant that everyone was working for free. You would think that would cause issues, but we ended up with a cast of 60 including a lot of professionals and the only expense was feeding them all. We spent thousands on sandwiches, tea and sausage rolls.

"But it's amazing what you can get for free if you ask and if people believe in what you are doing. We managed to blag a selection of top-end cars, several big locations and even a helicopter and pilot - all for nothing.

"It's been a very long and slow process, but we believe the finished product will show how much attention to detail went into it."

Post production work is currently being done at the label's studio with the premiere planned for somewhere in Hitchin at the end of November.

To watch the trailers, listen to the soundtrack and order a DVD go to www.shootthedj.co.uk

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