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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 June 2006, 12:37 GMT 13:37 UK
Dark foot-and-mouth movie filmed
Burning of carcasses
Millions of animals were slaughtered during the outbreak
Film makers are shooting a low-budget movie in Aberdeen featuring the devastating foot-and-mouth outbreak.

Lost Weekend, produced by David Rattray and Matthew Mckenzie, is described as a dark comedy.

The film, still in its early stages of production, features a man lost in the Highlands at the height of the foot-and-mouth crisis.

The National Farmers Union (NFU) of Scotland warned the 2001 outbreak was still a sensitive issue.

Mr Rattray told BBC Scotland: "The story involves a man being dumped in the Highlands by his friends.

"He comes across a number of odd things happening during the foot-and-mouth crisis."

'Dark mix'

Mr Mckenzie said: "It's a dark comedy and we introduce elements of conspiracy and mystery behind foot-and-mouth. That's just the backdrop."

The duo, who are part-time security guards, say the film is a dark mix of horror as well as comedy and mystery.

Casting began in April and filming is now under way.

The foot-and-mouth crisis in 2001 dominated headlines for months with images of burning pyres as millions of animals died.

An NFU Scotland spokesperson said the majority of farmers had tried to rebuild their livelihoods but added: "It remains an extremely raw memory and it's a sensitive subject."


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