THE Romans marched across Northumberland yesterday – in cutting edge 3D.
The world premiere of The Edge of Empire – The Eagle’s Eye, which portrays life on Hadrian’s Wall, was staged at the Tyneside Cinema. The Edge of Empire is the first 3D film produced in the North East for a regional visitor attraction.
It is also the first 3D venture by Newcastle-based Dene Films, which was set up in 1992 and has turned out more than 5,000 commercials, TV programmes and corporate films.
The Edge of Empire is part of a £6.2m revamp of visitor and exhibition facilities at Vindolanda Roman fort in Northumberland and its sister site the Roman Army Museum at Carvoran, backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and One North East.
The film will be on permanent show at Carvoran’s cinema when the attractions re-open to visitors on March 12. At yesterday’s premiere were members of the top Roman re-enactment group the Ermine Street Guard and pupils from Haltwhistle Community Campus who will soon be studying the Romans.
The £350,000 film features Sima the eagle from the Kielder Bird of Prey Centre and real wolfhounds.