Norwich HEART's Digital Heritage Project has teamed up with The Norfolk Churches Trust to supply digitised archive film for presentation at a gala charity screening of the 1970's film 'The Go-Between'. The screening will take place on Friday 7th October at the Hollywood Cinema, Anglia Square in Norwich. Tickets will cost £25 to include a glass of wine and canapés. Full details for ticket applications can be found at www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk in the Events Section.
Tickets are now available for this exclusive red carpet event with the proceeds going to The Norfolk Churches Trust. The evening will begin at 6.30pm for 7.00pm and some of the members of the original cast and crew will be attending and will help introduce with the film; including Roger Lloyd Pack and Dominic Guard who played the boy who is central to the story.
The event marks the 40th anniversary of the Royal Premiere of 'The Go-Between' in Norwich in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Joseph Losey's award winning film occupies a special place in the memory of the people of Norfolk. It was filmed entirely on location in Norfolk at Melton Constable Hall, Thornage, Hanworth, Hickling Broad and Norwich and the film involved many local people as extras including the current chairman of the Norfolk Churches Trust.
The Digital Heritage Project has selected digitised archive film clips supplied by the East Anglian Film Archive on the making of the film, originally shot by Anglia Television in the 1970's. These will be screened ahead of the 'The Go-Between' and show interviews with the original cast on location in Norfolk, filming a scene of a cricket match at Thornage and the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother at the 1971 screening at the ABC Cinema, Prince of Wales Road in Norwich.
'The Go-Between' tells the tragic story of a young boy's loss of innocence during the hot summer of 1900 and stars Julie Christie and Alan Bates as a pair of lovers crossing class boundaries in Edwardian England. The film also stars Edward Fox, Margaret Leighton and Michael Redgrave, as well as supporting actors Michael Gough and Roger Lloyd Pack.
To mark the film's anniversary, a book by Norfolk author Christopher Hartop is being launched. Norfolk Summer: Making 'The Go-Between', will be published in October. It charts the story of bringing L.P.Hartley's novel to the screen and includes reminiscences from many Norfolk people as well as members of the film's cast and crew. The book will be for sale at the screening with one third of the cover price going to The Norfolk Churches Trust.
The Norfolk Church's Trust have worked with a number of supporting partners to help organise the screening, including Jarrolds who were also sponsors of the premiere in Norwich in 1971 and The Maid's Head Hotel.
The Norfolk Churches Trust was established in 1976 by Lady Harrod who was not only an advisor for the film but also instrumental in the film premiere being held in Norwich 40 years ago. The Trust exists to advise and help fund the maintenance and repairs to what is the largest concentration of medieval churches in the world. Of the 921 that were originally built, 659 remain.
Sara Foster, Vice Chairman of The Norfolk Churches Trust says: 'We are so excited to have the opportunity to show this iconic film made entirely in Norfolk. The proceeds of the evening will help us to continue giving advice and financial aid to Norfolk's unique collection of medieval churches.'
Jane Jarvis, Digital Heritage project manager at Norwich HEART said: 'It has been a real joy and privilege to work with the archive films of the making of 'The Go-Between' and the footage of the Queen Mother visiting Norwich for the premiere. The massive programme of digitisation at the East Anglian Film Archive has brought so many of these unique records of our lives out of the archive vaults onto digital screens. The Digital Heritage Project is bringing the archive alive to people in Norfolk who might have been involved in the making of the film or have memories associated with the film. We hope it will encourage people to go along to the charity screening not only to support The Norfolk Churches Trust but to indulge in a spot of wonderful Norfolk nostalgia too.'
For further information and to buy tickets for the screening, please contact Sara Foster, tel: 01328 700225 or visit www.norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk for a ticket application form.
Notes to editors:
Screen grabs from the archive film footage of the making of 'The Go-Between' and the Queen Mother attending the Norwich premiere are available. For more information please contact Lindsey Roffe, Communications Manager at Norwich HEART on 01603 599570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Jane Jarvis, Project Manager at Norwich HEART on 01603 599579 or email email@example.com
Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) is a private, charitable trust set up to act as an umbrella organisation for all of the heritage on offer in Norwich. We strategically plan, regenerate, manage and promote Norwich's heritage and act as a best practice model internationally for developing heritage as a social and economic regeneration vehicle. HEART receives core funding from Norwich City Council and further project funding from a variety of sources which has to date included the European Union, HM Treasury, the East of England Development Agency and Norfolk County Council.
About the Digital Heritage Project
Norwich HEART is partnering Pole Image Haute-Normandie as part of their Interreg Channel Partnership, Digital Heritage. The East Anglian Film Archive is the moving image archive for the region. The Archive is owned and operated by the University of East Anglia (UEA) www.eafa.org.uk
Pôle Image Haute-Normandie is a non-profit organisation funded by the Region of Upper Normandy and The Minister of Culture and Communication for its missions in favour of cinema, audiovisual production and photography www.poleimagehn.com
Interreg IVA Channel Programme is funded by the European Union, within the scope of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The programme aims to promote emergence - between the French and English parties - of a space of common citizenship fostering a sense of belonging to a cross-border area, and endowed with a specific identity www.interreg3.com
Christopher Hartop's book: Norfolk Summer: Making 'The Go-Between' is priced at £12.99 and is available from 1st October 2011 from bookshops or from John Adamson Publishing, 90 Hertford Street, Cambridge, CB4 3AQ tel: 01223 313717 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Norfolk Churches Trust was established in 1976. Norfolk has 659 medieval churches, the greatest concentration in the world. The Trust exists in order to protect them through financial aid and advice. For more information about the Trust, telephone 01986 798777 or email: email@example.com.