Director attends cinema season launch

Firelight to be shown in Seaford cinema season
Firelight to be shown in Seaford cinema season

Tonight (Friday September 18) sees a gala opening for Seaford Community Cinema which launches its new film season.

Screenings are held in The Barn Theatre which, when not being used for productions, provides the perfect setting.

Press officer Sophie McCallum said: “We’re really proud to be a true community cinema run by volunteers and we are always looking for more people to get involved.

We try to appeal to a wide range of tastes and offer a diverse mix of films from contemporary to art house and world cinema.”

Tonight will see a special showing of the film Firelight.

Audiences to the period romance, starring Sophie Marceau and Stephen Dillane, will also be treated to an introduction by the film’s Sussex based writer and director William Nicholson. They will then have a chance to put their questions to him in a post show Q+A.

After first channelling his writing ambition into novels, William joined the BBC as a documentary film maker and then went on to television drama. Firelight was the first and only film he wrote and directed himself and is of particular local interest, being filmed on location at nearby Firle Place.

William said: “I was offered the chance to direct a film of my own, but my children were still little, so I decided to write a story that could be filmed close to home. We live in Barcombe, and know the Gages, and so I asked Lord Gage if I could use Firle Place as the location for a film. The rest of the story is really about parenting, which I was in the middle of myself.”

The passionate period drama tells the story of a young woman in need of money who agrees to bear a child to an anonymous man. Despite promising never to try to discover anything about him, six years later she arrives at his home in rural Sussex as the new governess to his daughter. The dilemma deepens as they try to resist resuming their former relationship.

This September is Seaford Community Cinema’s fourth year running, and an opportunity to extend the repertoire and test out new ventures.

As well as continuing to offer a varied programme of world, art house, contemporary and selected recent film releases, audiences will also be able to experience the excitement of watching live screenings of National Theatre productions.

The event starts at 7.30pm but the bar is open for drinks half an hour before.

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