YOU may have watched the recent filming of Mary Anning biopic ‘Ammonite’ in Lyme Regis, or been lucky enough to be an extra in the screen adaptation of John Fowles’ ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ in 1980.
But few remember the making of an earlier film that starred Lyme Regis as seaside ‘Tormouth’ – the 1949 romantic comedy ‘All Over the Town’, based on R.F. Delderfield’s novel.
Starring Norman Wooland and Sarah Churchill, the film follows two crusading reporters as they revive a failing newspaper and expose local corruption.
A free screening of the film at the Marine Theatre on Sunday, June 16 signals the start of the arts venue’s week-long celebrations of its 125-year-old history.
The Marine staff and volunteers have organised a series of treats to greet the audience. From 6.30pm the bar will be open and free canapés will be offered. Everyone should be in their seats by 7.15pm to watch theatre technician Steve Miller’s montage of old photographs showing the theatre’s transition through the years.
Theatre trustee Karol Kulik will then introduce a short film by Steve and duty manager and actor Tom Rushforth, that shows the theatre’s little-seen backstage area. And Lyme historian Ken Gollop will round off with a brief summary about the making of the film and what to look out for.
When the screening is finished at 9pm, the audience is welcome to take a backstage tour with a theatre volunteer, and both before and after the film everyone will be encouraged to buy raffle tickets or make donations, both ways to assist the theatre in its essential fundraising to cover up-keep and finance future activities.
Tickets are free but are booking up quickly, so get yours by calling Lyme Regis TIC on 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com