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Film writer Richard Curtis at special Cornish premier of About Time

By WBGraeme  |  Posted: September 01, 2013

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FILM writer and director Richard Curtis was the star of a special Cornish premier of his latest movie in St Austell last night.

The movie, About Time, was partly filmed around St Austell Bay last summer.

He told visitors at the screening that one of the most difficult days of filming was spent trying to avoid nudists on a Cornish beach.

Mr Curtis is famous for many screenplays, including the Bridget Jones films, Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral and, of course, Blackadder.

And people had the chance to meet him at the White River Cinema, St Austell, for the special screening of his new film.

The feel-good romcom which tells the tale of a time-travelling quest for love and stars Bill Nighy, Rachel McAdams, Domnhall Gleeson and Tom Hollander.

Parts of it were filmed at Vault Beach near Gorran Haven, the fishing village of Portloe and at St Michael Penkevil Church.

Addressing the audience, Mr Curtis said he was thrilled to be back in Cornwall.

“When I was here I was filming the film, so I was tense a lot of the time,” he said.

“I remember catching the train down to St Austell originally and thinking to myself, ‘oh God, have I done the preparations? Is it going to go all right? Will I have to cut that scene?’

“So it was lovely coming back today with the film finished with Cornwall looking beautiful and to meet lots of the people who we worked with here.”

He added that a highlight of his time filming in Cornwall was also one of the most difficult days.

“We had a day at Vault Beach when we got the most important scene in the movie done in 20 minutes at the end of day in a rush, which is a scene with Bill Nighy and my son Charlie with dyed red head.

“That was an amazing day because we got so much done, but it was almost the most difficult day because there were quite a lot of nudists on the beach and we had to try and avoid them with our cameras.

“We’d chosen it because there weren’t that many people on the beach but the ones that were there were naked, and the beach was meant to be empty all the time, and it was a very hot day and the cast were dressed in Winter clothing, so that was a full and exciting, wonderful day.”

The film is due to be released on September 4.

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