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Author to open Norfolk film festival

PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 January 2010 | UPDATED: 21:53 07 July 2010

Norfolk author Louis de Bernieres

Norfolk author Louis de Bernieres

Emma Knights

Movie magic will soon be brought to community venues across Breckland as the district prepares to host a film festival starting next month.

Movie magic will soon be brought to community venues across Breckland as the district prepares to host a film festival starting next month.

Instead of having to travel to large cinema multiplexes, people will be able to watch films closer to home in village halls and other local buildings thanks to Breckland Film Festival 2010.

And Norfolk-based author Louis de Bernières, who wrote Captain Corelli's Mandolin, will open the festival when it kicks off with Slumdog Millionaire at Hockham Village Hall, in Great Hockham, on Friday, February 5.

The rest of the festival includes a wide variety of films ranging from the 2009 French drama Coco before Chanel to the 1956 musical The King and I.

The festival is funded by Breckland Council, and the screenings will be run by local people, known as the festival promoters, who were recruited last year through a series of training workshops funded by Breckland Council and delivered by Creative Arts East.

Theresa Hewett, Breckland Council's executive member for communities, said: “Breckland is a very rural district so many residents have to travel a long way to enjoy a film, and some are not able to do so.”

What you can see and where:

t Slumdog Millionare: Hockham Village Hall, February 5 at 7.30pm, tickets £4, to book call 01953 498447.

t The King and I: Holme Hale Pavillion, February 12 at 7pm, tickets £3.50, to book call 01760 440525.

t Skin: Hardingham Memorial Hall, February 19 at 7.30pm, tickets £4, to book call 01953 850606

t Dean Spanley: Attleborough Town Hall, February 20 at 8pm, tickets £5 for adults and £4 for children, to book call 01953 456930

t La Vie En Rose: Hardingham Memorial Hall, February 26 at 7.30pm, tickets £4, to book call 01953 850770

t The Kite Runner: Foulden Village Hall, February 27 at 7pm, tickets cost £4 and are only available on the door

t Coco before Chanel: Tittleshall Village Hall, February 27 at 7.30pm, tickets cost £4.50 and are only available on the door

t Cheri: The Guildhall, Thetford, March 5 at 7pm, tickets £2.50, to book call 01842 751975

t Slumdog Millionaire: The Guildhall, Thetford, March 6 at 7pm, tickets £2.50, to book call 01842 751975

t For more information go to www.breckland.gov.uk/film_festival_programme_2-2.pdf.

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