EastEnders baddie stars in cult horror film sequel set in Plymouth

A feature film shot in Plymouth for the grand total of £1,600 is about to have its premiere.

Despite the micro budget, Sphere of Fear 2 features a couple of professional actors who have starred in two high-profile television shows: John Altman (Nasty Nick Cotton from EastEnders) and George Wilson (who played Ziggy in Grange Hill).

The shoestring expenditure on the 135-minute comedy horror, filmed in Plymouth, is a whopping £1,300 more than was invested in the original film, which went on to be shown at an international film festival in New York.

The themes of a killer football and satanic rituals play with the almost-religious fervour of soccer fans, and, fittingly, rework ideas from the first film – director and writer John Mitchell and producer and actor Chris Ball are recycling workers at Chelson Meadow in Plymouth.

The pair financed the film through savings, investing around £600 in filming equipment to ensure the sequel is a step up in quality.

Getting former EastEnders baddie Altman on board to voice the football was no great strain on the budget – there were no travelling expenses to cover as the actor lives in Plymouth.

Filling the role of an angel with Wilson meant covering the cost of travel from his Liverpool home but added a family touch – he is Chris’s cousin.

John, 43, of Laira in the city studied MediaLab Arts at Plymouth University. Chris, 36, of Barne Barton , is entirely self taught.

On location in Plymouth during the shooting of the micro-budget comedy horror film, Sphere of Fear 2. Director and writer John Mitchell, right, and producer and sound man Chris Ball (with headphones) with cast and crew.

“I just love it,” said Chris, who plays Dylan, a character whose life is in a mess until the demon football comes back into his life with hopes of returning to hell through a doorway conjured by satanists.

“The first film got near cult status when it was shown in New York.”

The pair, who make films through their joint concern cinedownloads.com, have a refreshing view on their art, cheerfully billing the sequel as “more ‘terriball’ than ever.”

“I think people will laugh their heads off,” said Chris. Sphere of Fear 2 will be screened in the Taverners’ Suite at Plymouth Argyle FC on Saturday at 10:30am and will be available to download through ROKU and Android apps, and for rent. Any profits from the film will go to the charity, Football for Cancer.



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