THE ZOMBIE blockbuster featuring Shirley’s Powergen building is hitting the big screen today (Friday).
The Girl With All The Gifts, an apocalyptic drama about a deadly fungal infection which wipes out humanity, stars the biggest names in Hollywood – including Glenn Close, Gemma Arteton and Peaky Blinder’s Paddy Considine.
The film crew descended on the former Powergen site – which closed its doors over 20 years ago – to shoot the £4.5 million film in June last year.
Filming took place on the site’s grounds – following asbestos concerns inside the building – which were transformed to replicate a military base where Dr Caroline Caldwell (played by Glenn Close) could find a cure to fight the flesh-eating disease.
Rusty cars, debris and military machinery were also used to decorated the site to add to the authenticity.
The film will be screened at a long-list of cinemas across Birmingham.
There will also be an opportunity for zombie enthusiasts to meet the screenwriter Mike Carey at the Birmingham Literary Festival on October 1 at the Library of Birmingham.