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Psychological thriller filmed in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 06:30 05 August 2011

Script supervisor, Molly Maquirl, from Dereham, working on the film The Power being filmed in Norwich. Picture: Denise Bradley

Script supervisor, Molly Maquirl, from Dereham, working on the film The Power being filmed in Norwich. Picture: Denise Bradley

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An independent film company has begun shooting a psychological horror film in Norwich, with opportunities for people living in the city to be involved.

The Cult Films company is creating the majority of The Power at Epic’s TV studios in Magdalen Street, but over the next three-and-a-half weeks they will be taking over some familiar locations in the city and beyond.

The old hospital chapel at Fellowes Plain and Fincham, near Downham Market, are among the locations to be used, but most filming will be done in a dungeon created inside the studio. One, as yet unnamed, Norwich street will also be closed off for a night for filming.

A total of 60 people are involved in the creation of the film, including many extras and support staff from the area.

Among those is 17-year-old Molly Maquirl, of Dereham, who the director Paul Hills believes is “the youngest script supervisor in the UK”.

Miss Maquirl, who said she’s not old enough to watch the film yet, got the work after applying for work experience. She recently finished A-levels at Dereham Sixth Form and is shortly starting at Norwich University College of the Arts.

She said: “It is terrifying to be honest but absolutely amazing. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Former Norwich boxer Earl Ling is among the acting staff.

The Power is being directed by Paul Hills, who is responsible for the multi-award winning Boston Kickout.

He said: “The film is about an abduction by religious cults. It has been described as the darkest film ever made but also something amazing and beautiful, hope against adversity.”

He is working with producer Mark Forstater, who worked on Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

He said: “I think we always thought the project was different than the run of mill horror films. It is something more interesting, deeper and more original.”

He added that although the £1m budget had not been met, some were deferring their fees to be involved.

For more details about work experience or extra work, contact aardelean1@yahoo.co.uk

Do you know of something being filmed in Norwich? Contact Richard Wood on 01603 772326 or email richard.wood@archant.co.uk

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