A HORROR film in which yobbish binge drinkers are hacked up and turned into kebabs had to be screened for council officials ahead of its first showing.

K-Shop – thought to be the first feature film entirely made in Bournemouth – is a Sweeney Todd-inspired story which takes a scathing view of Britain’s booze culture.

It is due for a limited theatrical run in March, followed by a release on Blu-ray, DVD and online platforms such as Netflix.

But since it does not yet have a certificate from the British Board of Film Classification, council licensing officers had to watch it before it could be shown locally.

An invited audience at Bournemouth’s Pavilion Dance became the first to see it after Bournemouth council gave it an ‘18’ certificate. It was also screened to Poole council in anticipation of a showing there.

Producer Adam Merrifield said: “The licensing woman in Poole said it was a great film.

“We were worried about the Bournemouth one. We had heard rumours that some councillors and council officers didn’t like it.”

The film stars Ziad Abaza as a young man working in a kebab shop suffering abuse from drunken customers. The audience sees him start to chop up his first victim before mincing his remains and serving them to other binge drinkers as a lamb kebab.

Although Bournemouth is not named in the film, local landmarks are prominent and writer-director Dan Pringle shot most of it around an empty shop unit in Gervis Place.

The movie features extensive scenes of public drunkenness – around 50-60 per cent of which was candid filming of real people on a night out, said Mr Merrifield.

“The anarchy that happens sometimes in Bournemouth is pretty bad. I go out and have a drink like the best people but the first time I went out sober, filming in the evening, there were people having sex in doorways, urinating in every other doorway, there were fights in the street every 10 minutes,” he said.

“When you’re out as part of it, you don’t appreciate what goes on at 2am on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, and the anarchy around and it’s horrific.”

Keith Evans, licensing officer at Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “The film K-Shop was viewed by licensing and given an 18 certificate in accordance with the BBFC. Due to the violent nature of the content an 18 certificate was deemed appropriate.”