Motoring ahead with feature film contract

Actor Stephen Tompkinson and Mill Volvo's Bill Ward.

Actor Stephen Tompkinson and Mill Volvo's Bill Ward.

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MOVIE makers called on a car dealer to help out while filming in North Tyneside.

TallTree Pictures, the production company behind the forthcoming £1.5m film Harrigan, was supplied by Mill Volvo North East with three cars for use during the shoot – Volvo’s XC90, XC70 and XC60.

The crime drama, starring Stephen Tompkinson in the title role, has been penned by Arthur McKenzie and is based on his experience of working as a police officer on Tyneside.

Paul Rogers, executive producer for the film, said: “Anyone working in the entertainment industry knows that any delays to filming schedules come at a great cost, so it was important that we had reliable all-terrain vehicles, as well as high-quality models.

“We wanted to work with a local dealer, and Mill is a true Geordie brand that understood our needs and has looked after us well.”

Mill Volvo managing director Bill Ward added: “We take great pride in our north east roots, and it is an honour to have entered into a contract with a filming company elevating the profile of the region.

“I am a great fan of Stephen, and it is a privilege that Mill Volvo was chosen to escort him and his fellow actors to and from set each day.

“We look forward to seeing the film when it is out.”

Stockton-born Tompkinson is best known for roles in television shows such as Wild at Heart, Grafters, DCI Banks and Drop the Dead Donkey, but the 46-year-old has appeared on the big screen before in 1996’s Brassed Off.

His co-stars in Harrigan include Craig Conway and Amy Manson.