North East Movies
Kelly Brook serves up more than chips
Tinseltoon: School for Seduction
By Sue Wilkinson
School for Seduction starring Kelly Brook was made - and set - on Tyneside.
Released in 2004, School for Seduction was made on Tyneside by local company Ipso Facto Films.
The film follows a group of disillusioned Tyneside women who try to change their lives and achieve their true dreams.
Ben Porter and Margi Clarke get cosy
"I was inspired by all the recent self-help classes that had sprung up, people searching for ways to change their life," said director Sue Heel at the time.
"One in particular stood out and that was an Italian lady who taught bored housewives how to regain their husband's attention.
"Her classes started out as a fun thing but each of the women who attended told how they had had a real effect on their lives. Something that they'd never expected.
"I found this intriguing and started to wonder if this was an Italian thing or would it go down well over here. My imagination kind of took over from there."
Seducing the Geordies
So Sue created Sophia Rossellini, a strong and striking woman who would influence the lives of a group of Geordie women seeking a new direction in their lives.
Sophia sets about transforming the lives of four women - Clare, a working wife; Emily, a young, single mother; Donna, a "gobby" 19-year-old and Irene, a middle-aged wife whose life revolves around her husband's fish and chip shop.
"I knew the idea could work as a straightforward comedy but we wanted it to be more than that," said the film's producer Steve Bowden.
"We worked on incorporating themes of relationships and sexuality and we were also keen to include issues of identity and self discovery."
School for Seduction was shot on location over seven weeks in Newcastle and the city is very much a character in the film.
The movie was made by Ipso Facto Films who also made Nasty Neighbours, starring Ricky Tomlinson.
Kelly Brook played Sophia Rossellini
Writer-director Sue has a strong connection with Tyneside. "It's the town I know best, the people I know best," she said.
"Besides which Newcastle has a warmth and vibrancy to it. It also has a wealth of characters to draw on."
Production took full advantage of the city's iconic locations - the Bigg Market, the Quayside and Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
But according to producer Steve Bowden it's not just the places that make it into the film.
"Newcastle is a beautiful city and one that cries out to be photographed, but it is also a city which oozes attitude and has a vibrancy. This is what comes across in the film," he said.
Click on next to find out more about Kelly Brook's role in the film.
last updated: 29/05/2008 at 15:10