VIDEO: Action adventure movie premiere ... how filmmakers made Rivington look like the Amazon
FROM the hills of Rivington to the Amazon jungle, a film shot in Bolton hits the big screen on Monday.
Action adventure film, Sophie's Fortune: The Treasure of Quetzalcoatl — which features special effects, jungle landscapes and large-scale fight scenes — will be screened at Manchester’s AMC cinema.
The independent film was filmed on an expenses-only budget, the majority on location in Rivington, and involved a talented crew of more than 100 people.
It follows a father’s treasure hunt at a children’s birthday party where imagination takes over, transforming it into an epic Indiana Jones-style adventure, harking back to fun classic films such as The Goonies and Labyrinth.
Featuring lush jungle landscapes, sprawling Aztec ruins and scenes of action-packed mayhem, it seeks to capture the cinematic style of an old school blockbuster.
Producer Phil Meachem, from Westhoughton, said: “The success of any movie is through the collaboration of your cast and crew and we believe that we have achieved this in Sophie’s Fortune.
“I’m just extremely excited to see all of our hard work on the big screen.”
Other parts were also filmed in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, and visual effects were used to create an Amazon-style backdrop.
Directed by award-winning Leeds-based filmmaker Chris Cronin, the trailer for the 27-minute film has had more than 10,000 views online.
Mr Cronin said: “I am proud of this film and I believe we have developed a very talented team around us.
“This film stems from our love of the 1980s classic films from Steven Spielberg like Indiana Jones and The Goonies.”
The film is the latest release from Genesis Flux and Divided Productions and the dedicated team hopes to go on to make feature films.
Sophie's Fortune: The Treasure of Quetzalcoatl is being screened at AMC, Great Northern, Deansgate, Manchester, at 7.30pm, on Monday. Visit sophiesfortune.com to buy tickets.
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