Dial M's Jon Owen stars in Irvine Welsh film
You're a Star by Colin MacIntyre
TRAINSPOTTING writer Irvine Welsh is making his directorial debut with the first full feature film ever to be filmed in Merthyr Tydfil.
Pre-production started this week as a crew from London set up camp at The Bessemer Hotel in Dowlais ahead of seven weeks of filming as part of the ITV project written by the Scottish author and starring Heolgerrig actor Jonathan Owen as a champion darts player in the lead role.
World-famous author Welsh formed a production company with Jonathan and novelist Dean Cavanagh earlier this year and the comedy, entitled Good Arrows, is one of the first projects.
Irvine was expected to arrive in Merthyr this week where he was planning to hold workshops with members of the Merthyr Media Project who will be involved in the production of the film, for which Jonathan dons a fat suit.
It is thought to be the first full-length feature film to be shot in Merthyr. Jonathan, who first appeared on our screens in the Merthyr-set soap Nuts and Bolts, and starred in Irvine’s risque TV debut Dose, said: “All my life I’ve wanted to bring something to the town and put something back.
“Irvine and Dean thought having the kids from Merthyr Media Project there to shadow the crew and learn as a real production is made was a brilliant idea, and when we went to ITV they agreed. “Irvine’s one of the most famous writers in the world and to get him to come to Merthyr is fantastic.”
Jon was sub editor of the early editions of Dial M and central to some of it's serious bufoonary.