A Wedding Most Strange premieres at Barnstaple cinema next Monday.

A COMEDY feature film of tangled nuptials shot entirely in North Devon is making its UK premiere at Central Cinema in Barnstaple on Monday.

A Wedding Most Strange was filmed at Northcote Manor near Umberleigh plus Zena’s Restaurant in Barnstaple during January 2011 and the cast includes a number of local extras.

Distribution deals have been signed in America and Europe, it is set to tour film festivals this year, but director, writer and producer Trevor Garlick is hoping he can count on support from North Devon movie goers to help launch it here.

He says a successful first screening and plenty of people talking about it will not only act as a spring board for the film in the UK, it will also help put North Devon on the map.

The quirky “rom com” sees divorcée Danny having to remarry within two weeks or lose out on his inheritance. He uses the internet to create a shortlist for the man of his dreams, but arriving at the hotel for a simple ceremony, he finds he is unable to choose between the suitors. Then his family arrive…

Well meaning and complex friends, awkward relatives plus the issue of same-sex marriage all combine in the best British film tradition as comedy and confusion ensue.

Heavily involved in the film as producer and production manager was Trevor’s longstanding friend and North Devon stalwart Paul Hopper of “Hopps and Chapple” fame, plus his compadre James Chapple, who helped with a great deal of the transportation.

Extras were sought through Facebook and other media, with a number featuring in a “speed dating evening” scene shot at Zena’s.

The region itself was a last minute location choice due to treacherous ice and snow covering most of the country, but Trevor has not regretted it and said: “A sequel has been written and if we could get finance backing for it we would come back to North Devon in a flash.

“Everything was fantastic, the people were great and everyone had a ‘can do’ response and ready to help solve any problem, which was phenomenal.

“Now it really all depends on word of mouth based on our Barnstaple screening.”

A Wedding Most Strange is playing at Scott Cinemas’ Central Cinema in Boutport Street on Monday from 7.30pm. Visit the film website at www.aweddingmoststrange.com to find out more.