The first images of Sky’s new film set in Wales have been revealed.
Sky has unveiled the first look image of star Samantha Morton in their original, Save The Cinema.
The film is inspired by the extraordinary real-life events sparked by tenacious hairdresser Liz Evans (Samantha Morton).
Save The Cinema illustrates how the resolve of the people of Carmarthen, inspired by the magic of cinema, was able to bring Tinseltown to their doorstep.
Inspired by the life of Liz Evans, (played by Samantha Morton) as she attempts to #SaveTheCinema & stop the council from taking the heart of the community away.
Will writing a letter to Hollywood save the day?
— Sky TV (@skytv) September 22, 2021
Carmarthen in Wales is not exactly the first place to spring to mind when thinking of Hollywood blockbusters.
But this changed in 1993 when the town council made the unwelcome announcement that The Lyric Theatre – the town’s much-loved but financially stricken cinema – would be demolished so a shopping centre could be built in its place.
It’s down to Liz Evans, hairdresser and linchpin to the local community, to stand up for the ailing cinema and stop the bulldozers.
As she and her friends barricade themselves in the theatre, she reaches out to postman turned town councillor Richard (Tom Felton) for help – and they come up with a grand plan.
First look of #SavetheCinema starring Samantha Morton as Liz Evans
The story of how the Lyric theatre/cinema in Carmarthen was saved
Will never forget my time as a volunteer at the Lyric and when we had a Jurassic Park premiere
In cinemas & on Sky Cinemas from 14th January 22 pic.twitter.com/8qeTSZqoSB
— Ioan Dyer (@Ioan_Dyer) September 22, 2021
To revitalise the cinema and stop the council taking the heart of the community away, a desperate Liz persuades Richard to write to Hollywood to ask for a helping hand.
One late night phone call later and one of Hollywood’s most legendary filmmakers throws The Lyric a monster-sized lifeline and a premiere Carmarthen will never forget.
But will this be enough to save The Lyric?
Save The Cinema features an all-star cast including Samantha Morton (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes), Adeel Akhtar (Enola Holmes), Erin Richards (Gotham), Owain Yeoman (Emergence), Susan Wokoma (Enola Holmes), Colm Meaney (Gangs Of London), Rhod Gilbert (Have I Got News For You) and Keith Allen (Kingsman: The Golden Circle).
— Ffilm Cymru Wales (@FfilmCymruWales) September 22, 2021
The film is directed by Sara Sugarman (Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen) and co-produced by Sky and Future Artists Entertainment in association with Head Gear Films, LipSync and Ffilm Cymru.
Save The Cinema, a Sky Original will be released on Sky Cinema and in cinemas from January 14.