Hollywood calling

Make-up students from Stoke on Trent College have been enlisted to create special effects on the set of a new sci-fi blockbuster.

Producers have contacted the college to invite students, who study on the college’s theatrical and special effects make-up course, to help create “hungry” looks and zombies that will feature in the post-apocalyptic thriller She Who Brings Gifts, which is being partly filmed in Stoke-on-Trent next week.

Featuring A-List stars such as Fatal Attraction actress Glenn Close, Bond Girl Gemma Arterton and Staffordshire-born actor Paddy Considine, the students will help create special effects for zombie extra’s which will feature in the film due for release next year. They will be on set Tuesday, June 23rd and Thursday, June 25th.

Based on M.R. Carey’s best-selling novel The Girl With All The Gifts, which he has adapted for screen, the sci-fi film is set in a dystopian future in which most of humanity is wiped out by a fungal infection. It centres on Melanie, a girl who is kept in a cell and is full of questions about the world.

Rachel Ogilvie-Lea, Make-up Lecturer at Stoke on Trent College, said: “This is a unique and fantastic opportunity for the students who are very excited and privileged to be approached to take part.

“Throughout the course we focus on creating make-up designs for both stage and screen, across a wide-range of themes. This will allow the students to use what they have learnt, working alongside industry experts.

“This is an experience they can learn from and take with them in their chosen careers.”

The Girl With All The Gifts will be partly filmed around Hanley and is the first time a major film has been shot in the city centre.

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