Midlands Co-op shoppers could have been forgiven for thinking they'd stumbled into somewhere marginally glitzier last week.

The society's Markfield branch sparkled with movie-making magic as the set for low-budget sci-fi short The Cull. "The store provided the perfect location in terms of lighting and geography," said director Tom Whitworth. No aesthetic threat to The Matrix, then.

The film depicts Big Brother-style governmental tactics to control population growth. Sounds more like Tesco to us.