Dunkirk: Screening on the Beach
STUDIOCANAL is proud to announce a very special late summer event on the South Coast of England, which celebrates the achievement of the Dunkirk evacuation and the very particular British wartime spirit that saw us through, in the face of great adversity.
On the evenings of Wednesday 20th September and Thursday 21st September, STUDIOCANAL will present the premiere of a new restoration of Leslie Norman’s classic wartime epic DUNKIRK (1958), on the very beaches of Camber Sands where it was shot. The event is produced in association with The Luna Cinema and The Vintage Festival, and is part of the BRITAIN ON FILM collection: COAST AND SEA.
As well as the screening, event-goers will enjoy an evening of themed 1940s homegrown entertainment, including food and drink of the era, 1940s dance classes and set dressing, music and walkabout re-enactments. Gates will open at 5:30pm, and the screening will begin at 7.30pm.
The screening of DUNKIRK will be preceded by archive short films, including a specially compiled montage of footage from the local coastal area at the time of the production by Screen Archive South East. There will also be a special guest introduction.
This event has been made possible as part of a special programme of screenings and events taking place at coastal locations around the UK, staged supported by the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN), organisations with funds from the National Lottery, and lead by Film Hub Central East (Broadway Cinema Nottingham) to launch BFI’s Britain on Film Coast and Sea collection.
Directed by Leslie Norman (The Long, The Short And The Tall), starring John Mills (Ice Cold In Alex, Goodbye Mr Chips, Great Expectations) Richard Attenborough (Brighton Rock, The Great Escape) and a cast featuring genuine army officers, DUNKIRK is one of the most authentic representations of conflict during World War II.
DUNKIRK follows the dramatic events leading up to Operation Dynamo, where upon the British Army attempted to rescue fellow soldiers and allied troops from Nazi occupied France. Seen from the dual perspectives of a jaded journalist in search of propaganda and a weary soldier desperately trying to give his troop some hope, Dunkirk never shies away from the brutality of war and the bravery of its soldiers.
The new restoration of DUNKIRK is released on DVD, Blu-ray and EST with brand new extras on 25th September 2017 from Studiocanal as part of their Vintage ClassicsCollection – showcasing iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content: www.facebook.com/vintageclassicsfilm
For more information and to book tickets please visit: http://www.scnl.co/DunkirkPremiere
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About The Luna Cinema
The Luna Cinema is the country’s leading open-air cinema producer, staging over 150 screenings every year across the length and breadth of the UK. The company was founded in 2008 by George Wood with a showing of Some Like It Hot at Dulwich Park in South London. In 2017 its big screens will visit over 50 outdoor locations around the UK from Royal Palaces to city centre parks, and play to an audience of over 140,000 people.
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- Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
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- As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by Government
- By providing Lottery and Government funds for film across the UK
- By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK.
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The BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) is a ground-breaking initiative that gives audiences across the UK the opportunity to see a diverse range of films in a cinema setting. For filmmakers, getting films onto cinema screens is a highly competitive business, particularly for specialised films which includes archive, documentary, independent and foreign language films. The BFI FAN aims to change this.
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About Vintage Festival
Wayne Hemingway MBE, Gerardine Hemingway MBE and son Jack Hemingway launched Vintage Festival in 2010, building festival experiences that have won awards from Visit England, Festival Awards and the London Vintage Awards for events including Vintage Glasgow at Merchant City, A Vintage New Year’s eve at London’s Southbank, Classic Car Boot Sale and Vintage by the Sea.