THE writer of a new romantic-comedy has said that Bolton was the perfect location for her first feature, adding that the film has a "regional identity."

Writer Samantha Lloyd, from Bury, chose the town as the location for the main character in Me, Myself and Di, which is due to be premiered tonight with a Q&A session at the Light cinema.

She also revealed that it was a medium that helped her return to the script, which had laid dormant in a draw for some years.

The rom-com follows an unlucky-in-love Northerner, Janet, played by Katy Clayton, who is ready for a holiday romance in Rhyl. Unfortunately, taking the advice of her best friend, Diana leads to a series of hilarious antics.

Other stars include Larry Lamb, Will Mellor and Lucy Pinder.

Outnumbered's Tyger Drew-Honey plays Janet's love interest.

And Samantha, from Greenmount, said that a lot of the characters and scenarios in the movie are based on her life.

She said: "I wanted to get across working class representations of the north and did that through my own experiences in different locations. I thought Bolton worked best for that.

"I know Bolton pretty well and as I was writing, I was thinking of the skyline and its industrial history as a working class town. It helped capture exactly what I wanted in the film.

"The film has definitely got a regional identity but I didn't set out to highlight the differences deliberately. The film's characters are based on people I went to school with, people I knew and people around me."

The film came about due to quite a peculiar reason - a medium indirectly advised her to finish it.

Samantha began the script several years ago, completing about 70 pages before allowing it to gather dust in a friend's drawer.

When the friend visited a medium a couple of years later, the medium told her to give it back to Samantha to complete it.

Samantha said: "The medium had mentioned to my friend that the script was still there and that she should give it to me to complete it. It was really weird as I had totally forgotten about it.

"I hope people can go out and enjoy the film and release them from the depression of the moment. It is for people who need a bit of a pick-me-up."

Me, Myself & Di, from Kaleidoscope Entertainment, is currently being shown at selected Cinemas. It will be on DVD and Digital from June 21.