A TERRACED street in York has been taken back in time to the 1970s for the filming of a new movie.

TV and cinema stars, along with old cars such as Ford Escorts and Triumph Stags, have descended on Amber Street, in The Groves, for the film by Bubwith-based Green Screen Productions.

Producer Barry Philby said the terraced houses, yards and back alleys made it a 'wonderful' location for a new drama which was set to hit the cinema screens by next summer.

He said the film, provisionally titled Slapper and Me, was a feelgood movie in the Billy Elliott genre, and featured a young man from a poor background who had gone to public school through a scholarship and had returned to his home while he waited to see if he had got into Oxford.

He felt disconnected from his roots until he befriended a greyhound called Slapper, who was no longer considered suitable for racing at the local track, and his efforts to get the dog back on the track united his family and the whole community behind him.

Stars taking part included Lesley Sharp, of ITV's crime drama series Scott & Bailey, Ian Hart, from Harry Potter and the John Lennon film Backbeat, Genevieve Gaunt, also of Harry Potter, and Iain Glen, who was breaking off from filming the Game of Thrones in Belfast to take part in the film.

He said filming had taken place elsewhere in York, including a park, and also in Goole and at a dog track in Doncaster.