VIDEO: Van Damme's sci-fi extras counting the days to Quad movie premiere
EXTRAS who starred in a big-screen sci-fi adventure filmed in the city are counting down the days to its world premiere at Quad.
UFO, which stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, is directed by Derby-born Dominic Burns, and the first showing of the film reflects its connections to the city.
The film, shot last summer, follows five friends who try to survive in the chaos following an alien invasion.
Simon Edwards, one of the 5,000 extras in the film, has an invitation to the premiere on Friday, December 14.
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The 65-year-old said: "It's going to be amazing to get the treatment of a film star. I hope all the big names turn up. It'll be great to see them all again and hear what they think of the final result."
He became involved with the film because he worked with Dominic Burns on a previous film, Jack Falls.
Simon, who lives in City Road in Chester Green, said: "I stayed in touch with Dominic and when I heard about this opportunity I jumped at the chance.
"To have it being filmed in the city you live in is incredible and is so exciting. I'm in some of the scenes filmed at Park Farm in Allestree when people are breaking in to the Co-op to get food.
"There were about 350 of us in some of the scenes.
"There was a great atmosphere and everyone was really excited to be surrounded by the stars of the film."
Sean Brosnan, son of James Bond star Pierce, Julian Glover, Sean Pertwee and Van Damme's daughter, Bianca Bree, all have roles in the film. It is hoped they may attend the premiere.
Martin Ward, of Crabtree Close, near Kedleston Hall, has also secured tickets to the premiere. He does not appear in the film but his house and street feature.
The 54-year-old said: "It's quite secluded here and I think that's what the film makers liked about the street. It was interesting to see behind the scenes, how they set up the lights and cameras.
"We had to keep our curtains shut at night. They were filming in the dark and the electricity was supposed to be out so there couldn't be any light spilling into the street."
Martin, now retired, used to work for the East Midlands Regional Development Agency, said that having the film centred in Derby was great for the city.
He said: "Anything that brings investment into Derby is a great asset to the city."
The film is screened at Quad for the general public from Saturday, December 15, until Thursday, December 20.
Tickets for the film are £7.60, with concessions costing £6.
For more information, visit www.derbyquad.co.uk or call Quad on Derby 290606.