A HOST of famous actors including former Dr Who star David Tennant will headline a charity premiere this weekend of the new film You, Me & Him which was largely filmed in and around Stratford.
The screening, tonight, Saturday, will give people the opportunity to see the red carpet arrival of the stars of the new film in Birmingham.
A limited number of tickets are available at £36 each for the special screening at 6.30pm at Cineworld in Broad Street. People can arrive earlier to get a good spot for potential photos and autographs. But tickets can now also be purchased on the night at the cinema, subject to availability.
The plot of the comedy drama revolves around a lesbian couple at different points in their lives: lawyer Olivia (Lucy Punch) is nearly 40 and wants to start a family but her younger partner Alex (Faye Marsay) doesn’t share her urgency. What happens next involves recently-divorced neighbour John (David Tennant).
TV and film regulars Sarah Parish, Sally Phillips and Gemma Jones are also listed amongst the cast.
But it’s very much a family affair for Tennant whose wife Georgia is one of the producers on the film, whilst his father-in-law Peter Davison also co-stars.
Phin Glynn, a producer on the film and Shipston resident, spoke to the Herald during filming: “We’re a young film company and now filming is finished we’re hoping to permanently set up in Stratford. London is such an expensive place to be and we don’t need to be there.
“We all know the area well and from the beginning we always wanted this film to be set in Stratford. Stratford is a town of character, we didn’t want to use any old anonymous chocolate box town.”
Familiar Stratford scenes in the film include Bancroft Gardens, No 1 Shakespeare Street pub, Barnaby’s fish and chips shop and the leisure centre. The hypno birthing scene was filmed at The Moathouse in Dorsington.
Baby Lifeline, a national charity supporting the care of pregnant women and new born babies, is the official charity partner of the new film. The charity hopes to boost the funds of its £5 million Monitoring for Mums Appeal, where hospitals across the country submit wish lists for mother and baby monitoring equipment that they need for their maternity and neonatal units.
Proceeds from the sale of wristbands and pin badges on the night will also go to the Monitoring for Mums Appeal.
A Stratford Herald reporter and photographer will be in attendance at the charity premiere event. Keep an eye on the website for event coverage, and full story in next week’s Herald.