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Splash Area: Filmed in East Belfast

Just weeks ago it was under threat of closure.

Now independent film company Yellow Fever Productions (YFP) is celebrating its salvation by screening two of its latest movies in Belfast.

Independent film-maker George Clarke (below) recently told the Belfast Telegraph how the company he set up in 2007 was under threat of closure.

The father-of-two from east Belfast began struggling for survival after taking out a bank loan in 2011. His business was damaged when, just months later, £12,000 worth of his DVDs were destroyed in the London riots when the Sony warehouse where they were stocked was burnt down.

After learning of George's plight, a local businessman, who wishes to remain anonymous, stepped in and provided YFP with a financial bailout.

"At midnight, hours before I was due to go to a meeting at the bank, I got an email from a guy who said he could help us," George said.

"He transferred the funds we needed and is now a shareholder in the company and wants to help us out in the future.

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"It's a great relief and we are so pleased we can continue."

The business saviour was impressed by George and his small team of collaborators, for producing more than 100 hours of television and five feature films, four of which have been broadcast on Sky.

Among them is 2008 martial arts zombie film, Battle Of The Bone, about a battle with the undead, set around the Twelfth of July.

George grabbed headlines with the quirky film, which cost just £10,000 to make, and it went on to win the Freak Show Film Festival's Audience Choice Award.

Other titles YFP produced on a shoestring budget include The Knackery, The Last Light, Onus and Splash Area, plus YouTube phenomenon Chaplins Time Traveler (sic) which gained more than six million hits.

George told the Belfast Telegraph fans of local film are in for a treat if they head to the Movie House on Dublin Road in Belfast tonight to see two YFP films – Splash Area and Onus – at 7.30pm.

"Onus was made in four days in Norway and Splash Area, it is our latest feature," he said.

"The screenings will appeal to horror and thriller fans and fans of local film.

"East Belfast is used a lot in Splash Area."

Looking to the future, YFP plans to make Onus 2 and will be running NI School of Film Courses in Belfast this summer.

 

Background

Yellow Fever Productions is an independent film-making company based in Belfast. In 2008 its first low budget film, Battle Of The Bone, won the Audience Choice Award at the Freak Show Horror Film Festival in the US.

It was followed up by The Knackery and The Last Light which saw Bangor man Robert Render win Best Actor at the 2011 Freak Show for his role.

Splash Area, made for £500, won Jury's Choice at Freak Show 2012.

It and Onus, shot in Norway for £100, will be screened at the Movie House, Dublin Road, Belfast, tonight at 7.30pm.


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