Arctic Monkeys hit the big screen

And bring their mums and dads along to watch

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The Arctic Monkeys got the big-screen treatment last night (Friday 7th April) at a premiere of the ‘Scummy Man’ short film in Sheffield.

Guitarist Jamie Cooke and bassist Andy Nicholson brought their parents to the Showroom Cinema for the preview screening of the film, which was inspired by band’s Number One single ‘When The Sun Goes Down’.

The screening was also attended by actress Laura Socha, who plays prostitute Nina in the film, its director Paul Fraser and over a hundred fans.

The night also saw the band’s drummer Matt Helders make his big-screen debut, featuring in a small cameo role where he spurns Nina’s illicit advances.

Made up of extended footage from the band’s ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ video , the film explores the songs’ lyrics in more depth and also stars Stephen Graham as violent pimp George – the ‘Scummy Man’.

Shot around Sheffield, the film’s locations include the Neepsend red light area of the city where the band rehearse and the neighbourhood that originally inspired the song.

The film has been awarded an 18 certificate, due to graphic scenes where Nina is repeatedly punched and kicked in the head then prepares and injects heroin.

Afterwards, there was a screening of the short film ‘Just Another Day’, an alterative view of the events in ‘Scummy Man’, seen from the perspective of the middle-aged taxi driver who befriends Nina.

‘Scummy Man’ is released on DVD on April 10.

Meanwhile, the Reverend And The Makers have been confirmed as the main support for the Arctic Monkeys’ forthcoming UK tour.

Starting in Nottinghamon April 13, the tour takes in the band’s biggest Yorkshire gig to date at Rotherham’s Magna Centre before culminating at London’s Brixton Academy on April 27.

Tonight (April 8) band members Andy Nicholson and Matt Helders warm-up for the tour by DJing a sold out night at Sheffield club Threads at DQ’s Late Bar.

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