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16 April 2012

From Gold Records To The Silver Screen?

Status Quo are delighted to announce that they will be shooting their first ever feature film over several weeks in Fiji from April this year.

A 90-minute action movie, featuring the band as themselves and also starring Jon Lovitz ['Saturday Night Live', 'The Wedding Singer'], Craig Fairbrass [best known for 'Eastenders'] and Laura Aikman [star of the forthcoming 'Keith Lemon: The Movie'], this project sees the band moving from gold discs to the silver screen.

Also boasting 12 songs, "Bula Quo!" takes its name from the islanders' traditional Fijian greeting, and also references the title of the band's best-selling album "Hello!"

The film is to be directed by award-winning Stuart St. Paul, who has worked on projects ranging from Duran Duran's seminal 'Wild Boys' video, to massive franchises like 'Aliens', 'Batman' and three 'Bond' movies. Having first met the band when asked by ITV to look after their visit on Coronation Street [he also worked on Emmerdale] St. Paul wrote the script specifically with the band in mind. The film's Producer is Tim Major, who has worked on 'The Scar Crow', 'Not Alone' and 'Kill Keith' and is also a very successful Film and TV actor in his own right. The film is aimed for international theatrical release in 2013.

Francis Rossi of Status Quo commented, "The one thing Quo fans know is to expect the unexpected. Of course, Rick and I have already acted in Coronation Street, one of the biggest TV shows on the planet, so this should be no trouble at all! According to management?" Rick Parfitt adds, "Once I found out that we weren't going to be shooting anywhere cold, I was all for it. This is an amazing chance for us to do something new and we're all really excited."

The first production from the newly incepted Status Quo Films [Fiji] Ltd, this movie project has been supported by the Fiji Audio Visual Commission [FAVC]. Stuart St. Paul said: "We have been made to feel so welcome by everyone. Fiji isn't just a paradise because of its location; it is also because of the wonderful islanders who cannot do enough for us. The production team is grateful for the support from the Fiji Government and Tourism Fiji without which none of this would be possible."

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