Movie news: Welcome To Essex

A few years back, before moving to live in Northern Ireland, I lived and worked in Essex and London; Brentwood was, literally, just up the road from me and it is still somewhere that I visit regularly. If I had known that they were going to be making a movie like this I may have moved back for a few months just to be part of it ;)

I will have to be satisfied, however, with watching it instead.

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wte-zombieOvernight, the United Kingdom was consumed by an epidemic of terrifying proportions. The majority of the population were killed in a matter of hours as millions of recently-deceased people returned to life and began to attack and kill the living. The infection spread so rapidly that the government had no time to control the situation.

The order to evacuate England was given but it was too late. Desperate measures were taken.

Now, the following day, a small group of mismatched survivors find themselves trapped in the famous town of Brentwood, hunted by large hordes of fast-moving undead corpses. The survivors must learn to work together and reach the last-known point of rescue, Southend-on-Sea, or face certain death. Or something much, much worse.

Who will live? Who will die?

Find out in ‘Welcome To Essex’!

Welcome To Essex is the latest feature film from Smoking Monkey Productions, a Brentwood-based movie studio that aims to put Brentwood on the movie map and shine a light on Essex for something other than orange-skinned clones and stupid catchphrases!


Welcome To Essex was conceived by writer/director Ryan J. Fleming. It was written to be a dark-humoured, large-scaled vision of a Britain in ruins, complete with death and destruction at every turn.

Welcome To Essex was always going to be a super-low budget project. In fact, it was initially an exercise in just how much of a film could be done for nothing. (The answer, of course, is not a lot!)

So, with some investment, Welcome To Essex crewed up and held auditions. Before long, it went before the cameras. Now, as we approach the end of the summer, 2013, there are but a few weeks of principal photography left to film, all scheduled, before post-production begins.

With an amazing cast and talented crew, Welcome To Essex has gone from an interesting experiment in low budget filmmaking to a large-scale, epic zombie apocalyptic movie that will surpass every film in it’s genre. As the crew say, “Aim high and settle for nothing less!”

Visit to meet our cast and characters and to find out more about us, as well as the opportunity to see an exclusive trailer for the film.


Catherine Delaloye as ‘Ryley Dunn’.
Greg Burridge as ‘Sgt. Jerry Ahern’.
Sarah-Grace Neal as ‘Jessica Sloane’.
Muzzy Tahir as ‘Muzzy Scolari’.
Michele Reynolds as ‘Michele’.
Jonathan Walker as ‘PC Rex Files’.
Sophie Jones as ‘Charmaine Danielle-Moody’.
Rob Evans as ‘Mike Rider’.
Terry Noble as ‘Barry Attrick’.
Julian Lee Seager as ‘Pete Hawke’.