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St Austell to host UK cinema premiere of Richard Curtis rom-com About Time this month

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: August 06, 2013

Director Richard Curtis, Bill Nighy and Rachel McAdams during a break from filming About Time on Vault Beach

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KING of the rom-coms director Richard Curtis will be in St Austell later this month for the UK cinema premiere of his blockbuster film, About Time.

White River Cinema, St Austell, will roll out the red carpet on Saturday, August 31, for the film’s premiere.

The blockbuster was filmed around St Austell last summer and features some of the hottest names in Hollywood; Bill Nighy, Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson and Michael Sheen.

Richard Curtis, whose previous movies include Love Actually and Four Weddings And a Funeral and Bridget Jones, directed and produced the movie.

He has spoken previously of the “ happy and humorous” they had filming About Time at locations including Porthpean House and Charlestown and the remarkable welcome they received.

The romantic comedy centres around Tim, who discovers he can travel back in time and decides to use his powers to find a girlfriend, Mary, whom he meets after moving from Cornwall to London to train as a lawyer.

Proceeds from premiere event will be split between two local charities, Cornwall Hospice Care –supporting adults with life-limiting illnesses and their families and friends - and the Merlin MS Centre at Hewas Water, the only centre in Cornwall for people with the degenerative multiple sclerosis and other conditions

Both rely on donations to keep running.

Mark Williams, Director of WTW Cinemas, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to host this prestigious event, and thank Universal Pictures for making the event possible.”

They are even more thrilled to welcome Mr Curtis, he added.

“We greatly look forward to welcoming him to the cinema, and I’m sure a number of local extras will be very keen to see themselves on screen.”

Will Burt, White River Cinema manager, said: “We feel honoured to have been chosen to premiere the film – you expect them to take place in the usual venues such as London’s Leicester Square.

“We felt Cornwall Hospice Care was an important charity to benefit from the event not only because just like the Merlin MS Centre it is often overlooked in the grand scheme of charities, but we also felt it was relevant because the movie was filmed just around the corner of Cornwall Hospice Care’s Mount Edgcumbe.”

Both charities have said they can’t thank Universal Pictures, White River Cinema and St Austell Brewery, who are also lending their support to the premiere, enough.

About Time is having its world premiere at Somerset House, London on Thursday. However, the premiere in St Austell will be the film's first screening in a proper cinema.

Premiere arrivals are from 6.30pm, with a red carpet welcome, and champagne and canapés for a 7.15pm start.

Tickets are £15 each and are on sale from 10am tomorrow(Wednesday) either at the box office in St Austell or at www.wtwcinemas.co.uk.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  August 06 2013, 9:19PM

    What the heck is a Rom Com, your reporters will be writing in textspeak next!

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