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Director's debut is screened; Local film.

NEWCASTLE'S Tyneside Cinema will tonight be welcoming local director Mark Harriott to talk about his new film, horror thriller Unhappy Birthday.

The film, which was shot entirely in Lindisfarne and the village of Belford in Northumberland, is inspired by classic British horror movies such as The Wicker Man and Hammer Horror, and follows a group of friends who go on a trip to a secluded island as a special birthday surprise, unaware of the terror that lies in wait for them.

Mark, who was born and brought up in Whitley Bay, worked as a Channel 4 presenter before crossing over to filmmaking. Unhappy Birthday, which he wrote and co-directed, is his first mainstream feature. He said: "We were inspired to make Unhappy Birthday after getting caught by the tides on Lindisfarne, so we're thrilled that the film is getting its regional premiere in the North East.

"Also, as I'm from Whitley Bay myself, I'm pleased that people will have the opportunity to see the film on the big screen where the cinematography really does justice to the stunning scenery around this area ... even if it makes people think twice about visiting a tidal island!" Unhappy Birthday rounds off the cinema's screenings from the POUT London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, a season of films for fans of Lesbian and Gay cinema, in partnership with London's Peccadillo Pictures.

Jonny Tull, programme manager, said: "We're absolutely thrilled that Mark can come to the Tyneside to talk about this fantastic film, especially since it was made right here in the North East."

Unhappy Birthday will be screening at Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle on Thursday at 8.15pm.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 4, 2011
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