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Dunaway's Welsh horror movie role
Faye Dunaway
Dunaway has been one of the US's biggest movie stars
Oscar-winning actress Faye Dunaway has been drawn to the south Wales valleys to star in a home-grown horror movie.

The Academy Award winner for her role in Network in 1976 plays a one-armed detective called in over a murder at Newbridge Memorial Hall.

She appears in Flick with Liz Smith - Nana from the BBC's Royle Family - and Leslie Phillips of Carry On fame.

Filming is continuing over 10 days in Pontypool and Cardiff and locals have been invited to work as extras.

Dunaway, now 66, was one of the biggest movie attractions of the 1970s and 1980s, famed for appearances in films like Bonnie and Clyde - for which she won an Oscar nomination - Chinatown and The Thomas Crown Affair.

It is understood she was drawn to the Welsh project after seeing the script of Cardiff-born David Howard's debut feature film. The star apparently liked it so much she agreed to undertake the film at a lower rate than her normal fee of more than 1m.

Poster for the horror movie Flick
The horror movie will be distributed later this year

In Flick she plays detective Lieutenant McKenzie called in to investigate a murder after a fight at the Memo - the Newbridge Memorial Hall - in the 1950s.

The murder victim - a local boy - is brought back to life in modern times and tries to find his teenage sweetheart, by then 65.

The film has been backed by the Welsh Assembly Government's Wales Creative IP Fund.

The 7m fund set up in April 2005 has already invested nearly 3m.

Its first investment, Big Nothing, was partly shot on location in Barry and was premiered in Cardiff in November.

Its release followed the end of filming on location at Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, for Nightwatching, the fund's fifth completed investment, which stars Martin Freeman, of the BBC comedy The Office.

'Creative'

Last month it also invested in a St Asaph computer and video games software developer for a sequel to its million selling TT Superbikes game.

Flick's production company Monster Films relocated to Wales from London last year.

Rik Hall, of Monster Films, said the fund was a "great tool to stimulate the growth of the creative industries in Wales."

The production also has support from the Film Agency for Wales, the Arts Council of Wales lottery funds, as well as private backers.

Welsh Enterprise Minister Andrew Davies said: "Flick is just the latest example of a production taking advantage of the finance and facilities available in Wales.

"We are showing the world how great our creative industry is and we can be justly proud."

Flick will be released worldwide later this year.


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