A touch of glamour as stars of film shot in Derby take to the red carpet
MOVIE stars and glamour models made their red carpet entrance into Derby's Quad last night for the regional premiere of homespun sci-fi movie UFO.
Flash bulbs popped and tuxedos shimmered as glamour model and former Hollyoaks star Gemma Atkinson attended the event along with This Is England actor Andrew Shim.
The film was made by Derby-born director Dominic Burns, who was also there alongside hundreds of extras who appeared in the film, shot in Derby.
For young Ilkeston actress Amelia Linney, who had a role in the movie, the evening was "just incredible".
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The 17-year-old successfully auditioned for her part in the film, which was originally intended for a boy.
She said: "Making the film was the best experience of my life.
"I haven't seen the film at all, yet, so I am so excited to see it tonight."
The film follows five friends who try to survive in the chaos following an alien invasion.
It stars Sean Brosnan and Sean Pertwee and features an appearance by legendary action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Amelia said: "When we first started shooting, we were told not to approach Van Damme, not to make eye contact with him.
"But he was so nice and chatty. He touched my bum once, patting me as I walked up some stairs in front of him. The whole thing was amazing and there was no one on set who was above anyone else, everyone was so friendly."
Director Dominic Burns arrived shortly after 9pm, sporting dreadlocks and posing for photographs..
He said the film, which premiered in London on Thursday, had worked well in the cinema.
He said: "I was so nervous last night but I am just buzzing and excited tonight.
"When you finish a film you have no idea how it will play in the cinema with a full audience, so to get the positive reaction we did was amazing."
The film was shot last summer across the city, including locations such as Allestree's Park Farm.
Dominic said it was a dream to see parts of Derby used in the film.
He said: "To have UFOs flying over Allestree? That's amazing. I have just loved bringing Derby into things like this.
"So many things about the film world are London-centric that to have the regional premiere here is brilliant. This is my home city."
Mark Osborne, 47, was there with his daughter Laura, 15.
The pair, of Boulton Moor, Derby, applied to be extras in the film and spent a day at Park Farm shooting scenes.
Laura said: "We shot a scene in a shop, which was closed, and we were trying to get in.
"There was gunfire inside and it was exciting. It's great to be here tonight."
The film screens at Quad, Market Place, to the general public from today until Thursday, December 20.
For more information or to book tickets, visit www. derbyquad.co.uk or call Quad Box office on 01332 290606.