Feature Movie Filming in Southport

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Feature Movie Filming in Southport

Southport is currently the focus of an international cast and a local crew filming a 100 minute feature film in the resort.

Based on harrowing true case histories of human trafficking in Britain, the powerful drama is being played out at a number of locations around the town supported by local organisations and businesses. The storyline follows three women trafficked from Eastern Europe to Britain, then into servitude and the sex trade.

With more than 1000 women trafficked from Lithuania alone to Britain every year, trafficking is one of Britain’s hidden horrors, with only a small percentage of the victims actually rescued by the support agencies, and not all of those successfully. As in real life, of the three victims depicted in Tariro, one eventually turns her life around, while one is still struggling at the end of the film and the third dies.

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Tariro, which means hope, is being produced specifically to raise awareness of the scourge of trafficking in the UK and has attracted an international professional cast. Because of the subject, all are giving their time without fee. Local actor David Lonsdale is playing a cameo role, female lead Inna Platonova is flying in from Canada specifically to play Magdolna, one of the trafficked victims, with other cast members from Hungary, Slovakia and regions of the UK as far away as London and Glasgow.

Leading agencies involved with victim support have endorsed the production, opening their doors to enable filming to take place in an actual safe house and other locations to ensure absolute realism.

Major Anne Read, Anti-Trafficking Response Coordinator for The Salvation Army said “At The Salvation Army we witness the devastating effects of human trafficking on people’s lives every day. It is vital that, in addition to the work we do to help victims start to rebuild their lives, awareness of how and why trafficking takes place is increased. We are delighted to support initiatives such as this which help tell these stories in a way with which people can really engage.”

Filming of Tariro is set to run throughout the month, with a closed doors premiere in October at the Plaza Cinema in Waterloo, prior to a proposed entry in the Cannes Film Festival.

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