This Is England and Shameless stars join Rowetta for ‘hard-hitting’ crime thriller to be filmed in Manchester

Mancunian actors and stars are to appear in a new crime flick due to be filmed right here in the city centre next month.

Eromeda Entertainment’s brand new film, A New York Story, will see a host of new and upcoming actors as well as old faces take to the screen for the exciting new movie.

Happy Mondays’ Rowetta, George Newton from This Is England and Robbie Conway – also known as Aidan Croker from Shameless – have all been cast in the new film.

And the crew, who are deep in pre-production, will be working alongside a man with plenty of film experience.

“We wanted to try and cast with a lot of Manchester people,” said Andrew Barclay, owner of Eromeda and the film’s writer and producer.

“We have a real mix of unknown actors, like Mike Fearnley and Connor Mullen, as well as more well-known people.”

Although not wanting to give much away about the new project, Andrew also teased fans with the announcement that a big star would be working on the film.

“We’ve got a big surprise to announce to everybody very shortly – a big actor in America that’s joining the cast,” he told MM.

The film tells the story of Eddie Baker, played by American musician and actor David Yow, a hit man who moves to England and falls in love but struggles with his past after a job went wrong in New York.

“I originally wrote this for David,” reveals Andrew. “I’d seen him in really interesting indie films and he’d never been given a lead role.”

With hopes to finish production in the next few months, the writer intends to show the film off at Cannes, Sundance and a multitude of other film festivals before releasing it to the public.

Conway, who will play the ‘gobby young gangster’ Terry, recently talked about his role in an interview and can’t wait to begin filming.

“It’s dead gritty, hard-hitting stuff,” he told Cool Manchester.

“I’m really looking forward to it.”

Eromeda Entertainment is run by Andrew along with his brother and sister, David and Hannah.

And while Hannah runs Eromeda’s film company, David produces films with Andrew and the writer is looking forward working alongside a new director.

“We’re working with a great new director, too, in Ben K. Dyson who was actually mentored by Mike Leigh,” said Andrew.

“We’re all gearing up for the release and we’re really excited over here.”

Eromeda has also just completed a feature-length documentary, based on the Manchester band Gabrielles Wish, telling the true story of one of the most enduring cult bands of the 90s.

A Kind of Existence: The Gabrielles Wish Story came about simple because, beyond cult level, people aren’t really aware of them,” added Andrew.

“But they’ve got such a great history, in terms of the very famous people they’ve found as fans.”

The documentary features interviews with punk poet John Cooper Clarke, music journalist John Robb, Joy Division bass player Peter Hook and concert promoter Alan Wise.

The band was signed by Rob Gretton, manager for Joy Division and New Order, and became partners of the Haçienda nightclub with Tony Wilson.

“We’re all great fans of the group, and that was our angle – we wanted to show people how respected this group is,” said Andrew.

A Kind of Existence: The Gabrielles Wish Story is due out in the new year.

For updates on A New York Story, visit the Facebook here.

Image courtesy of Marko Kudjerski, with thanks

Inset images courtesy of James Taylor, RBcasting and Channel 4, via YouTube, with thanks

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