Stoke-on-Trent filmmaker appeals for hundreds of zombies to star in movie


A Stoke-on-Trent filmmaker is asking for people to help him make a movie by playing flesh-eating zombies.

Filmmaker John Williams

Filmmaker John Williams

John Williams wants 300-500 people to ‘infect’ Burslem Town Hall on Monday, April 21.

He is shooting  a scene for his latest film, The Mothertown, and has asked for the help of anyone over the age of 10.

The story takes place over the course of one day in Stoke-on-Trent and follows four small groups of characters as they try to survive a zombie outbreak.

Williams said: “It’s a comedy first and foremost with some great characters.

“Growing up in the area I know the place like the back of my hand, so it’s easy to draw on different references, places and people.”

The 41-year-old said he had always been a fan of horror and zombie films and had always wanted to do it.

He added: “This is my first feature film following on from several short films and I am almost three quarters of the way through at this point.”

The Mothertown will cost around £700 in total with any proceeds made from the film going to a local charity, yet to be chosen.

The Duke Williams pub, St John’s Square, Stoke-on-Trent will open for the event at 9am where a makeup artist will be waiting to turn the extras into the living dead.

The zombies will be able to feast on a free buffet and will be shown what to do for a few action shots.

After the Burslem shoot, there will be an opportunity for people to act in further scenes in Tunstall or Hanley.

Williams said: “The film industry in this area is certainly growing – it is easier for a person to make their own productions than it was 20 years ago.

“The UK as a whole needs to get out of the more mundane style of film making I think, with a few exceptions of course. Although it is certainly better than it was.”

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