Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

The zombie movie set at an Ulster flashpoint

Filming is continuing in Belfast for the martial arts horror film Battle of the Bone.

The low-budget movie - in which rival sides in Ulster's parades dispute come together to fight off the zombies - is being filmed all across the city.

It tells the story of a zombie invasion in Belfast city centre as Orange marchers and nationalist protesters are about to face off.

The film's title is a play on King William III's Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

George Clarke, who is acting, writing, producing and directing the movie, raised financing for the £10,000 epic himself.

The movie is being shot on digital video and a regular diary of the shoot is kept updates on the internet site Myspace.

"The Battle of the Bone tells the story of a zombie invasion in Belfast city centre as Orange marchers and nationalist protesters are about to face off," he said.

" Forced to flee into the east of the city, it poses the question of both communities: what extremes will they have to go to before there is peace?

"We're making the biggest independent movie ever in Belfast and have set up a production company called Yellow Fever. We're doing it because it seems these days if you want to get a movie funded in Northern Ireland it has to be about paramilitaries, a greyhound owner or both.

"I hope this will encourage other young filmmakers to just get out there and make their own movies themselves."

George and his cast originally shot a test reel which they posted on the internet.

Without the latest computer generated special effects, the cast and crew have also had to improvise.

"To create the image of zombies eating flesh, we're using pasta and things like strawberry sauce," he revealed.

"It's pretty effective."

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