This weekend the Happy Hour team headed up to Derby for the premiere of Allies, the Second World War action film on which we carried out all of the post-production work – from 172 VFX shots, to colour grading, to the full 5.1 sound mix.
The film was directed by Derby-born British Director Dominic Burns with most of the principal filming taking place in Derbyshire’s Peak District, so the East Midlands city was the obvious choice to kick off the Allies general release.
The Happy Hour team were joined at the premiere by the majority of the film’s cast and crew, including the Director and most of Allies lead actors, including Chris Reilly (Game Of Thrones, Silent Witness), Steve Hartley (The Bill, Ripper Street) and Edmund Kingsley (Hugo, The Borgias).
One cast member present who drew a fair share of the attention was Matt Willis who plays Private Billy Munns in the film. Willis is arguably most famous for being a member of supergroup McBusted and was accompanied to the showing by his wife, television and radio presenter Emma Willis.
Allies is a compelling story about putting aside differences, overcoming impossible odds and the intense friendships forged in the heat of battle. It was great to finally see all the hard work that went into producing the film pay off on the big screen and the whole gang here at Happy Hour are immensely proud of our first major UK feature release.
Allies is available from November 3rd on DVD from major retailers such as Amazon, HMV, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, iTunes, LoveFilm and Amazon Prime.