Red carpet comes out in Spalding for local stars

Steph Genovese and members of the cast of Dishonoured.
Steph Genovese and members of the cast of Dishonoured.
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The red carpet came out for the premiere of the first ever full-length feature film set in South Holland.

Members of the cast of Dishonoured – who, apart from five professional actors, had earned their place on the big screen in local auditions – came out in their finery on Tuesday night to celebrate the glittering occasion at the South Holland Centre.

To thinK three guys can make that happen with just goodwill is amazing

Terry Roberts

Some may only have had a few seconds of fame, but it did not stop their enthusiasm and dreams that the action thriller could be snapped up and distributed globally.

Writer, executive producer and star of the film Steph Genovese, who comes from Holbeach, never doubted South Holland would be the perfect location for his story of drugs, human trafficking, slavery and forced prostitution.

After taking his seat among the 360-strong audience for the viewing, he said: “I wanted to showcase South Holland as somewhere where you can find real talent.

“I’m passionate about film making and want it to be a big thing in the area.

“There are still some technical changes to be done but after that my main aim is to get it out there. This will be the only time it is seen until a company takes ownership and then hopefully some time in the future people will be able to get a copy.”

A question and answer session after the viewing put the main stars and production team of the film back in the spotlight on stage.

Steph recalled an incident where he almost got arrested. He said: “We were shooting some stills at the police station in Spalding around the time when there was a big focus on terrorism. Next thing we knew the police were after us. But we’d liaised with them throughout on what we were doing and they let us go.”

The five professional actors who were involved in the 18-month long filming are now going off to do other projects. But for the local stars their dreams have only just begun.

‘Lady in the red dress’ Hayley Stevens, who lives in the Spalding area, played the part of a prostitute and said she knew Steph from when she was a singer.

She said: “I was delighted to be asked to take part. The most challenging bit was filming at 4am when it was freezing cold. I was running up and down Fleet Industrial Estate – but it was worth it.”

Terry Roberts, of Spalding, was encouraged to audition by his wife, Sharon.

He said: “I’d never acted before but we like having little adventures so I went along. I was only in it for a few seconds, but it was brilliant.

“To think three guys can make that happen with just goodwill is amazing.”

• More pictures from the premiere in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.