Shooting to start on Harrogate horror movie - on fracking!

The poster for new Harrogate horror movie 2 Miles Under.
The poster for new Harrogate horror movie 2 Miles Under.

A Harrogate actor is the driving force behind a new horror film with a social conscience on the controversial subject of fracking.

Professional actor and writer Velton Lishke has teamed up with a York-based film-maker to start production on the film 2 Miles Under.

But he is calling on the public to support a Kick Starter campaign which has been set up to help fund the film.

Velton, who has over 12 years of acting experience in both feature films and local and no-budget productions, said: "Our aim is to create a thought-provoking, but entertaining horror/drama film that, although fictitious, nevertheless highlights some of the issues and fears concerning the process of fracking.

This new horror film by Flash Frame productions will run from 12 to 15 minutes include a real twist in the tale about the effect fracking has on the residents of a picturesque English village.

Velton said: "I have made several films already in Harrogate. My most recent picked up best film best actor and screenplay at its first festival and we also made a short film for National Diabetes Day that was shown in Times Square in New York so we are hoping to do quite big things with this small film.

"Our ambition for 2 Miles Under is to produce a good-looking, stylish film for exhibition on the competition circuit, both in the UK and abroad."

Casting is almost complete with most of the players coming from Harrogate while director Dave Thorp hails from York.

One of the actors Daniel Coll is best known for playing the recurring character DI Frank Blackmore in ITV's Emmerdale.

Shooting on the exterior scenes is scheduled to begin next montth while the interior and night scenes will be shot in September.

Velton's previous credits include Blue (2015), The Mad Monkey Crew 2 (2014) and The Mad Monkey Crew (2014).