Redcar and Cleveland Council is set to receive the final plans which could turn Redcar seafront into 1940s Dunkirk as the setting for a £36 million blockbuster movie.
The production company, Working Title Films, has drawn up a draft timetable for the war time movie which could see set building starting from early July and closure of the Esplanade from the Regent Cinema to the boating lake at the end of August for filming to start.
The Regional Screen Agency for the North East, Northern Film and Media, has started a recruitment drive for up to 1,000 local extras, for the film based on the Ian McEwan novel, Atonement, alongside confirmed stars Keira Knightly and James McAvoy
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, Councillor Dave Fitzpatrick, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for Redcar. Of course, it’s not 100 per cent certain yet but this film is a fantastic showcase for the town and its residents.
“Working Title Films has assured us they are not considering any other towns for filming and are now looking for further locations in Redcar and across the Borough, which is very promising”.
Northern Film & Media Location Service Manager, Gayle Mason, said: “Working Title Films has commented on how positive the Council have been and how much progress has been made, they’ve had a great reception from the North East”.
Working Title Films sent 50 members of its technical crew to visit the town this week to inspect locations and make preparations ready to turn parts of the town into war time scene.
To apply for a part as an extra download an application form by logging on to the Northern Film and Media website at http://www.northernmedia.org/ and click on locations, crew & facilities. The form will ask for basic details including name, address, age, height, dress or collar size and a mid-shot photograph.