Shane Richie's £500k film takes £2,300 at box office

A film which Shane Richie funded with £500,000 of his own money has taken just £2,272 at the box office.

A film which Shane Richie funded with £500,000 (€725,000) of his own money has taken just £2,272 (€3,296) at the box office.

The British Film Institute released figures which showed that the gangster film Shoreditch was screened in just two cinemas in Britain. Only about 300 people have been to see it.

Shoreditch, starring Richie and Joely Richardson, had been promoted as a dark and mysterious thriller set in a small jazz club in East London in the 1930s. Richie plays the nightclubber who falls for a jazz singer played by Richardson.

The Sun says Richie believed the film would be a big hit.

He said: "I bankrolled it to the tune of half a million. Every penny I had went into it. People tell you making movies is hard. That bit's a doddle, funding is the hard part."

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