Swaffham-based film starring Gorleston’s Hannah Spearitt and Dereham newcomer is set for cinema release

Hannah Spearitt is in The Goob. Picture: Ian Burt

Hannah Spearitt is in The Goob. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

A film which showcases Norfolk's big skies and wide open landscape is set to be released on the silver screen.

Director Guy Myhill took inspiration from Swaffham racetrack and the old diner on the A47 near Swaffham for his debut feature film The Goob which will be released this month.

It stars a predominantly Norfolk cast and lead character Goob Taylor is played by newcomer Liam Walpole who was discovered on the streets of Dereham.

Set in the middle of a heatwave, the film centres on teenager Goob who has spent 16 summers helping his mum run a transport café and harvest the surrounding pumpkin fields – but things change when his mum gets together with swarthy stock car supremo and ladies man Gene Womack. When exotic pumpkin picker Eva arrives, Goob starts to dream of better things.

The film will be released in cinemas on May 29. There will also be a question-and-answer session at Cinema City in Norwich on May 30.

Mr Myhill said: 'I'd made a documentary for Channel 4 about stock car racing and that world excited me.

'I knew the possibilities the racetrack at Swaffham offered, you know the dirty roar of thunder, it's in my top 10 of favourite Norfolk locations.

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'And just down the road from the track was the iconic diner, for years I'd wanted to feature it.

'So I began to weave a narrative around both these two hot spots, capitalising too, on the surrounding flatlands. In the process Norfolk itself emerges as a character, its landscapes and people are central in The Goob's potent atmosphere.'

Cast members include S Club 7 star Hannah Spearitt, from Gorleston, Sean Harris, who grew up in Norwich, and Sienna Guillory, whose parents moved to Norfolk when she was 11.

Mr Myhill added: 'The style was dictated by showing Norfolk how it is, the big skies, the flat land. There is a unique feel to the place, I didn't have to force it, just set the story down in it.'

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