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Out-of-pocket film extras still owed wages from a multi-million-pound psychological thriller shot on Mull will get paid soon, says movie boss Karim Tshibangu.
A number of islanders who got roles as extras and location assistants while Shepherd was being filmed earlier this year have found themselves caught up in a wage wrangle after an unhappy film crew took raw footage and camera equipment hostage on the last day of the shoot.
Some locals have been paid what is owed, others have received some of their money but there are still those on Mull who have received no wages at all and it has been a talking point of Everything Mull’s Facebook page.
This week Mr Tshibangu said sorry to anyone on the island who is waiting for money but blamed it on the film crew.
He said their haul of footage and cameras also included some people’s invoices and details of what had been paid and what had not.
‘It was in a drop box but we simply do not have access to that information. We didn’t have a clue who had been paid or who had not. Anyone who has not been paid needs to resend their invoice to me.
‘What we are trying to do is to collect all the invoices and then make it in one big payment,’ he said.
Mr Tshibangu said his production firm Castle Valley Films, whose parent firm Golden Crab Film Productions operates out of Pinewood Studios, had recently received refunds from some locations and accommodation places on Mull who had mistakenly been paid twice or even three times over.
‘We found people in that part of the world very welcoming and very honest. We have had some refunds from people who have been paid twice, three times. We would have been none the wiser.
‘We don’t want to offend or upset anyone on Mull by not paying them. That would be sad. I apologise for that.’
The cast and crew of Shepherd spent almost eight weeks on Mull from January this year. During the shoot, a £250,000 fake cottage was built but had to be removed at the end. The stone-like cottage, with just scaffolding inside, was actually designed and made in a studio in Glasgow before being transported by road to Oban, then by ferry to Craignuire.
‘By next week everybody should have been paid and then we will start to edit the film. If all goes well and the issues are resolved, then the film could be released early next year,’ said Mr Tshibangu.
Stars in the film include Tom Hughes who is Prince Albert in ITV ‘s hit show Victoria. Award-winning actors Greta Scacchi and Game of Thrones’ Kate Dickie are its other big names.
Nerve-jangling Shepherd weaves an eerie tale about a distraught widower who moves to a remote island to start a new life looking after sheep but when strange things start happening to him he is unsure whether his mind is playing tricks or if they are real.
Anyone still waiting for wages should email firstname.lastname@example.org.