Gun drama as Wellingborough Council chamber turned into film set

Leading lady Yvette Rowland
Leading lady Yvette Rowland

There were dramatic scenes as local democracy took a backseat and a council chamber was turned into a film set for the day.

Mob Handed is a thriller produced by Northamptonshire company GV Films and is set to be released early next year.

Filming inside the council chamber in Wellingborough

Filming inside the council chamber in Wellingborough

A number of scenes for the film which tells the story of a female reporter who joins a vigilante gang to track down her daughter’s murderer were filmed in the county this week.

The cast features some well-known British names, including Leslie Grantham from Eastenders, Lysette Anthony, Cathy Tyson, Danniella Westbrook, Chris Ellison and ex world champion boxer Robin Reid.

Film director Liam Galvin said: “We are a Northamptonshire-based production company and have tried to use as many local locations as possible from garages to churches and this week we filmed at Wadenhoe House and Swanspool House in

Wellingborough.

Some of the actors outside Swanspool House in Wellingborough

Some of the actors outside Swanspool House in Wellingborough

“We have had great support from local people and think it is important that not every film should be filmed in London so although we have filmed in the Capital for some scenes, we have brought a lot of the filming to Northamptonshire where we are based.

“It is not possible to make a low budget film without the goodwill and co-operation of lots of people and the council were extremely helpful with our unusual request of filming at Swanspool.”

The scene filmed in Wellingborough Council’s chamber featured leading lady Yvette Rowland and singing star Jess Conrad playing the judge.

Due to the scene involving a shooting, Northamptonshire Police were informed ahead of filming and permission was given by the council.

Mr Galvin said: “We film locally so we have had a lot of supporting actors from the Northamptonshire area.

“We used the council chamber as a courtroom and we had a full gallery of local people.

“We had a scene where cars drove up outside Swanspool House and the high court judge goes into Swanspool House.

“It was good fun.

“What was interesting was that we had a shooting in the courtroom so it was quite dramatic.”

Mr Galvin praised the council for its hospitality during filming and said: “They were very helpful and very accommodating, especially as it was an unusual request for them.

“They were fantastic to us.”

A spokesman for Wellingborough Council said: “We do hire out our meeting rooms, including the council chamber, but this was one of the more unusual requests we’ve had.

“It was good to be part of this and to support a local film and we’re looking forward to seeing the finished result.”

GV Films was formed in 2002 by Mr Galvin and Yvette Rowland, who produce, direct, write and edit all their own productions.

Filming is ongoing with shooting set to finish in August.