Lancashire residents had reasons to smile following the successful filming of A Monster Calls, at Rivington Pike, near Chorley. Shooting of the film began in 2014 and it features a star-studded Hollywood cast that includes the likes of Lewis MacDougall, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones. After two years of waiting, the movie finally premiered in the United Kingdom on January 1, 2017. Lancashire residents can now take pride in viewing their hometown and familiar settings on silver screens. Even though it took quite a long time to release the movie, film and movie enthusiasts concur that it was worth the wait.

Poster of A Monster Calls filmA Monster Calls is a fantasy drama movie based on a novel with the same name. The movie relays a story of a 13 year old boy, Conor, who has his hands full, as he struggles to deal with life situations that are too much for him to bear. Conor has an ailing mother on one side and his estranged father, strict grandmother and school bully on the other side. As he tries tocome toterms with his struggles, he encounters a story-telling monster, with which they develop a rapport.

The movie has been receiving rave reviews from film enthusiasts and critics alike. Since its release, it has accumulated an approval rating of more than 87 %. As at January 8, 2017, the movie had a gross of $ 36 million. Projections suggest that its gross income will surpass the production budget of $ 43m within the first month, since its release.

A Monster Calls has put Chorley on the map and local businesses stand to benefit from an economic windfall thanks to the prospective visitors who will be streaming to the town. Councillor Peter Wilson, the deputy council leader did not hide his delight at the opportunities the film has created.

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