A FICTIONAL Chester detective has become an Internet star.
A short film about Detective Constable Dominic Strider, written and directed by Pioneer chief reporter Chris Smith, has been uploaded on to the video file-sharing website YouTube.
It is part of the playlist for Screen Deva, a new film festival launched this summer in Chester, but promoting film- makers from across the North West.
Chris, 35, shot the film – entitled Strider Gets Iced – in Chester’s historic Town Hall and the defunct Gateway Theatre last year.
As well as writing the script and directing, he also took the title role of DC Strider, who is also the main character in Chris’ two published crime novels, also set in Chester.
The 22-minute film was produced with the help of students from West Cheshire College in Ellesmere Port, Chester City Council and Gateway Theatre staff, and many more people, all of whom Chris thanked.
He said: “It was truly a community project and I had a lot of invaluable help from a good many people. I also thank Karen from Screen Deva for their support, it is most appreciated.
“It is very exciting to have my debut film on YouTube and I hope people enjoy it.”
You can see his film for free at www.youtube.com/screendeva