Reviews and views on What's on in the Northeast, from keen gigger, theatre-goer and comedy consumer, Jo Oliver.
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
The #Geordiehangover "The Stagg Do" Movie World Premier
NEWCASTLE THIS JUNE
You’ve all heard of “The
Summer Of Love” - now brace yourselves for “The Summer Of Stagg!”
raucous new Geordie comedy feature film, The Stagg Do,
(www.thestaggdo.com) will receive its World
Premiere at Newcastle’s o2 Academy, Westgate Road on 26 June, 2014. This will
be one of several screenings planned in venues throughout the UK.
The Stagg Do
was shot entirely on location in the North East of England and features
well-known North East actors Bill Fellows (United and Wolf Blood) and Craig
Conway (The Descent and Doomsday). Two non-actors from Walker, Martin Paterson
and Andrew Stagg, star in the lead roles of this bawdy, low-budget comedy which
is being touted as the Geordie ‘Hangover’.
The Stagg Do
follows two lifelong mates from Walker, one of whom is about to get married to
a ‘posh bird’. Best man, Pob, wants to give the groom, Staggy, a night to
remember at the legendary gentlemen’s club The Cock’s Inn. Unfortunately, the
bride-to-be forbids a traditional stag do. The compromise is a camping trip
with the proviso that her uptight father, “The Judge”, goes along to supervise.
Unfortunately for them the Judge is quite the raconteur, once he brings out his
acoustic guitar they resort to desperate measures.
director, American-born James DeMarco, a Gateshead
resident for sixteen years who wrote the screenplay after collaborating on the
story with Paterson, has gone to great lengths to capture the authenticity of
the Geordie dialect and humour which he has experienced during his years of
living in the North East.
“The irony of calling
this authentic when it’s written by an American isn’t lost on me,”
said DeMarco. “I’ve
always found it odd only to see stereotypical Geordie characters on TV after
you’ve hung around with the real people who are so much funnier,”
he said. “From
what I’ve seen, it’s not all doom and gloom - Geordies know how to have a good
laugh and enjoy life.”
filmmakers have strived to maintain authentic regional accents and much of the
dialogue wound up being improvised on set, giving the film an almost punk rock
“Yes, we have considered
using subtitles,” said DeMarco. “Who knows, maybe we can be the
first English language film to use subtitles for an English audience.”
soundtrack features an eclectic mix of songs from a host of local unsigned
bands. I'm pleased to say one of the songs was licensed from Sync Panther, the new Northeast sync agent. The filmmakers are self-releasing
and plan to hold other screenings in various venues throughout the UK. Tickets
for the World Premiere go on general release on 19 May and are available from www.thestaggdo.com
or the o2 Academy Box Office: 0844 477 2000.