The Sweeney tribute film to premier in Haverhill
A well known musician with the Centre Stage Company features in a 30 minute film tribute to the classic 1970s police drama, The Sweeney, which is being premiered at Haverhill Arts Centre this weekend.
Roger Chinery, who plays trumpet and bass guitar in the Company’s band, has the part of Bill the driver in The Flying Squad, which will be shown for the first time anywhere at 5.30pm on Saturday.
Roger is also the owner of Affordable Classics, which deals in retro and vintage Ford cars, vehicles that he also hires out to production companies.
Among his fleet is a Mark I Ford Granada, the same model of car used in the first two series of the show and one which is also used in the Flying Squad. He also provided a Mark III Cortina.
Having become a member of the Sweeney Lounge, a website used by enthusiasts of the show, Roger attended a few of their meetings in London, where they visit some of the locations originally used in the drama.
He was subsequently invited to take the part of Bill the driver in film, which being produced by Tin Hat Productions but has a completely amateur cast.
Of the film, Roger said: “It was great because we realised that what we were doing was exactly how they would have done it back in the 70s.
“We didn’t have police road blocks, most of the stuff we did was on industrial areas that were deserted on a Sunday.
“It was good fun. I only met these guys a few times and we did this over six or seven weekends. It was pretty quick.”
The film was largely shot in the Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush areas of London - the same locations originally used in The Sweeney.
For the premier, an area outside the arts centre is expected to be roped off to allow some of the cars used in the film to go on show.
Roger also has a non-speaking part as a taxi driver - using his own Mark II Cortina - in The Lady in the Van, a film written by Alan Bennett and starring Maggie Smith, Dominic Cooper, Alex Jennings and Jim Broadbent that is due for release in November.
Tickets for the The Flying Squad are available at £5 each from 01440 714140.