It’s Huddersfield but not as we know it.
Secret parts of the town have been captured in a new sci-fi thriller, which is set for release next month having been filmed in Huddersfield.
In fact, the town is pretending to be Russia!
And as an added bonus, the rock soundtrack to the film, Scintilla, is being released by a Huddersfield-born music star.
Biff Byford, who made his name as lead singer with rock legends Saxon, was brought up in Honley and has headed up The Scintilla Project which have produced the film soundtrack.
Much of the filming was done in and around Huddersfield in January 2013 and the Arctic blast which hit the town at the time proved perfectly-timed for the makers of the sci-fi thriller, set in the former Soviet Union.
The 60-strong film crew were based at the North Light Film Studios in Brookes Mill, Armitage Bridge, and the snow came at just the right time.
Craig Conway, joint producer of the film Scintilla, said: “The snow was a help and a hindrance but it certainly makes the location more believable.
“If we’d have wanted snow for filming we’d never have had it”.
The £1.3m independent film, made by London-based Liquid Noise Films, used several locations around the district but picked aspects that were not well known.
They included Honley Wood, the undersoil heating plant rooms at the John Smith’s Stadium, the Queensgate Market Hall underground car park and Dewsbury Town Hall.
The film, starring John Lynch from Sliding Doors and Beth Winslet, sister of Kate, is about a group of mercenaries sent to retrieve data from an underground military base in the former Soviet Union.
Netherton scriptwriter Ben Sweet runs the film studios and is delighted with the film.
“Again we have a film which shows Huddersfield to be a key venue for film-makers.
“They wanted to shoot scenes in different areas and we managed to get that done, with many also shot here at the mills in Armitage Bridge.
“The film is being released on Sky and DVD as well as through some cinemas.
“It has already had some positive reviews and we take particular pride in those which acknowledge the locations, which were Huddersfield pretending to be Russia.
“It is great that local rock legend Biff Byford has come up with a great soundtrack”..
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