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Movie call for Mod scooter riders

Nick Robins
Riders of mid-1960s scooters are needed for filming

Hundreds of riders of classic Vespa and Lambretta scooters are needed as extras for a big screen remake of the movie Brighton Rock.

The film, based on Graham Greene's 1939 novel and featuring Dame Helen Mirren, will be set in 1964.

It is being adapted and directed by Rowan Joffe, who co-wrote the 28 Weeks Later screenplay.

Dunkirk Extras has appealed for more than 200 riders of scooters for filming in Brighton and Eastbourne.

Nick Robins, of London-based Bar Italia Scooter Club, has been given the task of tracking down the scooter owners.

He told BBC Sussex: "It's a request for about 200 classic scooters from the 60s, preferably circa 1964.

I think anyone on Brighton seafront will need to maybe cover their noses from the smell of two-stroke if they don't like it
Nick Robins

"Any condition will do so anything from your rusting Lambretta in the garage to your concourse condition Vespa GS that you may have had restored and put away somewhere.

"Everyone is welcome but what we're asking everyone is to submit a photo to the numerous places we have set up digitally and the company will make the final decision."

Mr Robins added: "I think anyone on Brighton seafront will need to maybe cover their noses from the smell of two-stroke if they don't like it."

Helen Mirren
Mirren will star as amateur detective Ida Arnold

Filming involving the extras is expected to take place between 21 and 29 October.

Brighton Rock tells the story of teenager Pinkie, who seduces a young waitress after she stumbles on evidence linking him and his gang to a revenge killing he committed.

The original 1947 movie starred Richard Attenborough in the lead role.

Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren will star as Ida Arnold alongside Bafta-nominated actor Sam Riley playing the lead character Pinkie Brown.

Pete Postlethwaite and Happy Go Lucky's Andrea Riseborough will also star in the remake.

The film is being made by Kudos Productions in association with BBC Films and is scheduled for national release.

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