Blue Reef stars in upcoming Status Quo film

Status Quo with Charlie the Clownfish
Status Quo with Charlie the Clownfish

A NEW film starring rock legends Status Quo, filmed at Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium is due to have its world premiere next month.

Frontmen Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt visited the aquarium last year to film underwater shots for the new film called Bula Quo.

The comedy, which also stars former EastEnders actor Craig Fairbrass, features 12 of the band’s most popular songs and was also partly filmed in Fiji.

This week the band released their 100th single Bula Bula Quo as well as an album to accompany the forthcoming film.

Blue Reef’s director Chris Ireland said: “It was amazing to have two music legends on site here at the aquarium and it certainly caused quite a stir among staff and visitors. They were on site to film some close-up underwater shots of the band for the new film and were working with local diver and underwater cameraman Patrick Shier, who is a regular visitor to the aquarium. We haven’t had a chance to see the finished film yet but it will be great to actually see what makes it into the final cut and to see if we can spot the shots taken here in the actual film.”

Bula Quo has been directed by award-winning Stuart St Paul, who has worked on projects ranging from Duran Duran’s seminal Wild Boys video, to massive franchises like Aliens, Batman and three Bond movies.

He first met the band when asked by ITV to look after their visit on Coronation Street and wrote the film script specifically with the band in mind.

Status Quo have performed since 1967 and are famous for hits such as Rockin All Over the World, Whatever You Want’ and In the Army Now.