Friday, 17 August 2012

Tortoise In Love (film)

For two afternoons at the beginning of September, Hailsham Pavilion will be screening Tortoise In Love, an independent romantic comedy that was filmed in, and by, the Oxfordshire village of Kingston Bagpuize - yes, it is a real place! I'm hoping there will be an evening screening too, for those of us who work all day, and will update this post if one is added. Evening screenings on the Sunday & Monday - see end of post!

Many of the 500-strong village of Kingston Bagpuize have been involved in the production of Tortoise In Love. Local man, Guy Browning, wrote the screenplay. Some villagers made costumes, provided catering services, transported cast & crew, or took roles as extras. They raised the £180,000 budget and then travelled, en masse, to the newly refurbished Leicester Square cinema for the well-deserved red carpet premiere.

Tom (Tom Mitchelson), the gardener at the big house, is not a fast mover with women. In fact he's glacially slow. When beautiful Polish au pair Anya (Alice Zawadzki) arrives for the summer, Tom falls for her catastrophically. Tom's adviser in matters of the heart is young Harry (Tom Yates), abandoned by the rich owners of the house to run wild in the gardens. Harry's secret wish is for the Red Arrows to appear at the village fair. Tom's is to win the heart of Anya. Both seem impossible dreams until the whole village decides to lend a hand.

Hailsham Pavilion, Wed 5th & Thu 6th Sep, 14:15.
Wed matinee, £4.50. Thu matinee, £6.50 / £5.00 concs.
Sun 9th Sep, 19:45, £5.
Mon 10th Sep, 19:45, £6.50 / £5.00 concs.

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