Infamous Grangemouth pub The Ellwyn to feature in new film
A film crew will be coming to Grangemouth later this year to shoot some scenes in a well known public house that has never been far from controversy or the news headlines over the last few years.
The Ellwyn Bar, in Newlands Road, has been involved in so much action in the last few years it could be recognised as a character in its own right.
Now the pub will feature in a film entitled Rage, produced by GAW Films with scenes being filmed there at the start of next month.
GAW Films, an independent film production company founded in 2017 by Gary A Wales, stated the shooting – scheduled to last from noon to 10pm – will include temporary Road Closures, intermittent traffic interruptions, alterations to the neighbourhood, costumed cast members.
There will also be controlled special effects.
Gary said: “Rage is about a ‘seemingly normal family man’ on a date night with his partner, and things turn nasty when he takes a mix of drugs and booze.
"The scenes being filmed at The Ellwyn Bar are the engagement meal and drink between the couple, before the man ‘Alex’ takes an assortment of drugs in the bathroom and is physically thrown out in to the street, where you see them jumping into a taxi.
“We chose the Ellwyn, because it’s local and it is very spacious for what we are doing. It’s under new management and what better way to welcome it to the community.”
GAW has been working with Falkirk Council obtaining a film location permit, and Police Scotland in order to minimise disruption while filming in the community.
Last December the Elwynn Bar was effectively shut down for five months after Falkirk Council suspended its licence following reports of crime and disorder and breaches of COVID-19 rules.
The council’s licensing board heard the management of the pub was “chaotic” and viewed CCTV footage taken by the council's Environmental Health team from September last year which showed customers crowded around a pool table, a man dropping his trousers and a fight breaking out.
Back in 2018 owner Amran Ali, who leases the pub to tenants, famously had locksmiths change the locks at the pub after the tenants at that time had breached licensing laws and allegedly served alcohol to a 16-year-old schoolboy.