Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
News release from the Norwich Film Festival and the Sir John Hurt Film Trust announcing the UK Fundraising Gala Screening of Snowpiercer on Sunday 10th November at Cinema City, hosted by Mark Kermode.
The first public screening of an acclaimed dystopian sci-fi movie during the Norwich Film Festival will honour the memory of Norfolk resident Sir John Hurt – with the event also acting as a launch for a new charity which will ‘promote great cinema’ in the county.
Renowned film critic Mark Kermode will join Anwen, Lady Hurt to introduce Bong Joon Ho’s masterpiece Snowpiercer, which stars Sir John alongside Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris, Luke Pasqualino, and Korean actors Song Kang-ho and Go Ah-sung.
After the director clashed with powerful movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, the 2013 film received only a very limited release in cinemas, making this event a rare chance to see the full-length director’s cut in a cinema.
This fundraising gala screening, on Sunday 10th November at Cinema City, Norwich will also mark the launch of the Sir John Hurt Film Trust, which has the aim of ‘promoting great cinema in Norfolk’, and will deliver a diverse programme of film-related events, courses, film-making workshops and activities in the county.
This special gala event, presented by Cinema City Ltd. and Barclays Eagle Labs, in association with the Norwich Film Festival, will be preceded by fizz and food, and followed by a conversation between Mark Kermode and Anwen, Lady Hurt.
“This is a rare chance to see a fabulous film which never received the distribution it deserved,” said Lady Hurt. “It is a very appropriate way to honour John’s memory, and to launch the Sir John Hurt Film Trust, which will continue the work which John was passionate about, promoting great cinema in his adopted county.”
Based on the French graphic novel ‘Le Transperceneige’ by Jacques Lob, Snowpiercer is set on a continually moving train carrying the last of the world’s population. The people are split along class lines until the lower classes at the back of the train revolt against the Elite at the front.
The gala screening of Snowpiercer takes place on Sunday 10th November from 3.30pm, with drinks and finger food served in the Cinema City bar. The film will be introduced by Anwen, Lady Hurt at 4.30pm, with the screening taking place at 5pm, followed by Mark Kermode and Anwen, Lady Hurt in conversation. The event will finish about 8pm.
Tickets cost £25 for this fundraising event and are available to purchase directly at the box office at Cinema City or from https://www.picturehouses.com/movie-details/000/HO00009956/snowpiercer-uk-gala-screening-with-mark-kermode.
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