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'It has been a very long road' Ray Panthaki in Convenience.

CONVENIENCE is finally hitting cinema screens three years after filming wrapped on the Brit indie flick.

The film stars This Is England's Vicky McClure and filmed in an old Vpetrol station in Swansea is directed by Pontypool-born Keri Collins. Collins, a huge advocate of the British indie-movie scene, has been bowled over by the reviews of Convenience, which also stars Utopia's Adeel Akhtar.

The success of the film has really shown up that particular opinion and Collins, who has been mentored by Kenneth Branagh, couldn't be happier, he said: "It's an amazing feeling to know the film can finally be seen by everyone. I hope people enjoy it.

"To get almost entirely four-star reviews has left me a bit speechless, especially from Empire magazine - THE biggest film mag in the UK.

"A number of the reviews have mentioned how good it is to see a film where the lead roles are not defined by their ethnicity, which is something we are proud of."

Filmed in an old petrol garage in Gorseinon, Swansea, Convenience is about two hapless robbers (Akhtar and Panthaki) who try and rob a petrol station.

old Collins added: "The film is about two armed robbers who try to rob a petrol station but they are so useless that they end up working there all night. It's a buddy comedy heist movie, and has been described in the reviews as Clerks meets Dog Day Afternoon.

"The public should go and see this movie because it will hopefully make them laugh. It's pure fun, but also has a lot of can heart. Lots of the reviews have said how rare it is to find a British comedy that is actually funny, so that's a very nice thing to hear."

And he noted how important it is to support independent filmmakers in the UK "Our entire film cost less than one day on a Bond film costs, so its vital to support indie filmmakers like us so we can get our voices heard above the explosions and car chases of these bigger films.

"Making films is incredibly tough but the film industry needs a variety of voices and filmmakers coming through; if the grass roots filmmakers never get any support, then the bottom will fall out of the industry and eventually even the bigger films will struggle because there will be no new filmmakers working their way up the industry."

Convenience is released today and is showing in Showcase Nantgarw and will be screened at Chapter Arts Centre. For more information on the film, visit convenience-movie.com

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 2, 2015
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