One of the stars of TV comedy The Inbetweeners will feature in a new film shot in Southampton.

Dancing with Death stars David Schaal, best known for his role as Taffy in The Office and as Terry Cartwright – Jay’s dad – in The Inbetweeners.

It sees the personification of ‘Death’ contemplate its role in the world and come to realise the conclusion it gives to life in a dramatic dance sequence.

Teasing the release of the new film, filmmaker Evan Preston, a former Barton Peveril student, said: “He’s got great comedic chops and is also very professional.”

The 24-year-old added he helped with the project and appears during the opening of the short film, which is currently in post-production.

Evan and the team were visited by the Lord Mayor of Southampton last month whilst shooting the film, which has a focus on local talent and features parts of city centre as a filming location.

Cllr Valerie Laurent visited the set in Southampton on March 27.

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Speaking about her visit, Evan added: “I was happy she accepted our invitation and she got very involved and asked lots of questions.

“I think it was important for us to work with the council – to promote Southampton on film – and hopefully we can build a strong relationship going forward.”

Dancing with Death is Evan’s second film, after his debut, Suong, premiered at London’s Curzon Cinema last year.

It told the story of a Vietnamese art student experiencing visions she needs to understand in order to repair the fractured relationship with her father.

Before embarking on his second feature, he set up Purple Cow Network – an online group where creative individuals from Southampton and the wider Hampshire area could meet and expand their network.

Evan told the Echo: “About 80 per cent of the cast and crew came from Southampton and the surrounding areas.

“I’m really passionate about showcasing what the area has to offer – I think a lot of people would often not think of Southampton as a creative hub and travel up to London – but if we’re given the right opportunity there’s so much we can do.”