Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Flash Fiction: Sammy's Great Escape

Welcome to the first of our specially written pieces from the flash fiction film project. This piece accompanied Sammy's Great Escape, one of our family films which was screened during the Easter holiday, and was written by Stewart Derry.

A magic story space can be many things: a Punch and Judy booth; a circus ring; a shadow puppet show; or an intimate theatre setting, such as this glorious cinema in Tenbury Wells.

The Regal is a rare jewel in a rather rough and tumble cinema landscape, managing to survive both a flood and the wrecking ball. Suitable film suggestions on these themes anyone? Perhaps one day someone will make a film about The Regal, with all the tears, heartache and love that have gone into making it such an inspiring setting.

It puts me in mind of the great British classic, The Smallest Show on Earth, where the old projectionist, Percy Quill, played by a heavily made up Peter Sellers, works in a battered ruin of a cinema, longing for the good old days to return. I’m glad to say The Regal has fared much better than the one in the movie.

The film you are about to see is full of fantasy and adventure; 90 minutes of ocean hokum to entertain the whole family. We all have great memories of visiting the cinema. We hope your visit today adds to them. And here’s wishing you many more!

Remember, if you'd like to write a flash fiction yourself, do get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.

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