I recently had the opportunity to attend the Eat Locals premiere screening on behalf of A Film Club, and to be quite honest, I didn't know what to expect.
First stop was a club in London, where other film fans, press, cast and crew were free to mingle, take photos, and listen to a Q&A with long-time actor and first-time Director, Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and Layer Cake). It was heartwarming to hear Flemyng talk about the film with an obvious passion and smile that never left his face. Despite Eat Locals being his first endeavour into Directing, which he addressed humbly by explaining he still feels he has so much to learn, it was clear that the project (that took years to come into fruition) was an absolute labour of love.
After talking to Actor/Director Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill, Sunshine on Leith, Eddie The Eagle), who was so friendly and thankful of our collective gushing over his work, and snapping a photo with the equally welcoming Flemyng, it was already time to make our way over to The Prince Charles Cinema. With this also being the first FrightFest screening I had ever attended, I figured it would play out like any other cinematic experience; take your seats, laugh at the funny bits, and possibly clap at the end... But it was so much more than that.
Eat Locals tells the story of a coven of hungry vampires looking for a new recruit. When this arrives in the form of an initially unaware, and then non-compliant, Sebastian (Billy Cook) the group are divided on how to proceed... But when the armed forces burst onto the scene all guns blazing, their tactics change from attempting to grow the group, to trying not to lose it entirely.
And the crowd went wild for it; guffawing, cheering, whooping, and even clapping at their favourite bits too. It was an incredible atmosphere to be a part of, and one I would love to join in with again when FrightFest returns to London next year.
As the credits rolled, I clapped each and every cast member alongside the rest of the audience. Eat Locals is fun-filled with jokes aplenty, and an all-star cast (including Freema Agyeman, Mackenzie Crook, Annette Crosbie and Ruth Jones to name a few) who give it their all. Whilst I sometimes found the pacing odd, especially nearer the final scenes, and the low budget obvious at times, I enjoyed the film regardless and chuckled throughout.
This is just the beginning for Flemyng's Directorial career, and as he's already showcasing interesting stories and choreographed fight scenes akin to The Worlds End and Kingsman: The Secret Service, I look forward to seeing what he brings to the big screen next.
Creator of A Film Club
ORIGINALLY POSTED ON 04/09/2017