Local author and film director at Seaford gala opening

William Nicholson. Picture by Finn Beales

William Nicholson. Picture by Finn Beales

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William Nicholson, Sussex-based author and film director will introduce his film ‘Firelight’ at the gala opening of the Seaford Community Cinema at the Barn Theatre tomorrow evening, (September 18).

Cinema spokeswoman Sophie McCallum said: “We’re proud to be a true community cinema run by volunteers and we are always looking for more people to get involved. We appeal to a wide range of tastes and offer a diverse mix of films from contemporary to art house and world cinema.”

Audiences to the period romance, starring Sophie Marceau and Stephen Dillane, can enjoy an introduction by William Nicholson. They can put questions to him after the show.

After channelling his writing ambition into novels, William joined the BBC as a documentary film maker and went on to TV drama. ‘Firelight’ was the first and only film he wrote and directed and is of great local interest, filmed on location at Firle Place.

William said: “I was offered the chance to direct a film, but my children were still little, so I decided to write a story that could be filmed close to home. We live in Barcombe and know the Gages so I asked Lord Gage if I could use Firle Place as the location. The rest of the story is really about parenting, which I was in the middle of myself.”

The period drama tells the story of a young woman in need of money who agrees to bear a child to an anonymous man. Despite promising never to try to discover anything about him, six years later she arrives at his home in rural Sussex as the new governess to his daughter.

This is Seaford Community Cinema’s fourth year and presents an opportunity to extend the repertoire and test out new ventures.

Sophie explained: As well as a varied programme of world, art house, contemporary and selected recent films, audiences can also watch live screenings of National Theatre productions. They prove popular with Hamlet already a sell out but tickets are still available for Coriolanus on September 24.

Visit www.seafordcimema.org

Sophie explained: “Down an unassuming lane in Seaford is The Barn Theatre which, when not used for productions, is the perfect setting for film screenings.”

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