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Brothers in film tribute to their dad; Horror movie gets city premiere.


A PAIR of film-making brothers have made a horror movie in memory of their father.

Gary and Craig Rutherford decided to mark the 10th anniversary of dad Rob's death from a brain tumour by getting behind the camera and creating a remake of a film they originally produced 11 years ago.

They made the original, called Coven Bay, to raise money for Brain Tumour UK while Rob was still alive so it seemed like a fitting tribute to rework the film to support the charity that remains close to their hearts.

Craig, from South Shields, South Tyneside, said: "We're both really into film-making and have both been doing it for the last 10 years, so with dad's 10-year anniversary we thought doing this film was a good way of marking it.

"We had everything going against us. We didn't have a budget, didn't have a script, so it was a massive project. I don't think we realised how difficult it was going to be.

"But we managed to build a really good team and everyone mucked in and did it for the love of what we were doing. It's just been fantastic."

The new film, titled Fog Island, is loosely based on the brothers' original Coven Bay and follows the spooky goings on at a radio station.

It was filmed on location including in North Shields, Sunderland and South Shields. Gary and Craig started off without a solid script and relied on the cast of locals to improvise their own parts.

Craig, 39, said: "Eleven years ago, we made Coven Bay in a very similar way on a non-existent budget when dad was still with us and it was really well received. So with the whole remake thing that's going on in Hollywood, we thought we'd do the same.

"It's similar to the original project but bigger and better.

"It's the same premise in that it's set in a radio station that has been terrorised by a ghostly figure and there's a whole past to it.

"It's a bit of a homage to films like Halloween and Friday 13th, horrors made in the 70s and 80s, but with a comedy twist as well."

Call centre worker Craig added: "We are really happy with the result and hopefully other people will enjoy it, and maybe the way we have done it will inspire other film-makers."

The film was premiered at Newcastle's Side Cinema on Saturday, with an aftershow event at New Hustlers Bar. All money raised is going to Brain Tumour UK.


HORROR TIME A scene from the new film

MAKING MOVIE Jilly O'Donnell and Sharnie Williams in a scene from the remake
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 29, 2012
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