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Hollywood glamour brings windfall for cancer charity
Maggie’s Oxford fundraiser Anna O’Keeffe with a model of the new building going up at the Churchill Hospital, Headington
TOP film director Richard Curtis will bring some Hollywood glamour to the exclusive screening of his new movie in aid of an Oxford cancer charity.
Mr Curtis, famous for rom coms including Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Four Weddings and a Funeral, will introduce About Time at the Phoenix Picture House in Walton Street, Oxford, on Thursday, August 29.
The proceeds from the special preview, held nearly a week before its UK release date of Wednesday, September 4, will go to Maggie’s Oxford, a charity at the Churchill Hospital in Headington that supports cancer sufferers and their families.
The charity is building a new £3m centre at the hospital site, which it hopes to open next spring. Mr Curtis, who wrote and directed the film, said: “Maggie’s Centres are absolutely remarkable and it’s an honour to have my film – which does have a particular relevance to their work – used in their service.”
Romantic comedy About Time stars Bill Nighy, Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson and follows the story of 21-year-old Tim, who is told a family secret by his father – that all men in the family have the ability to relive their past.
Film lovers will have to watch the movie to understand the relevance to Maggie’s.
Scriptwriter Paul Mayhew-Archer, who co-wrote The Vicar of Dibley with Richard Curtis and lives in Abingdon, is also attending the screening.
He said: “I’m delighted – I get to see a time-travel movie before it’s released and support a wonderful charity that recognises the preciousness of time.”
It is hoped the screening will raise more than £5,500.
The new centre will help about 100 people a day once it opens, more than three times the number the existing centre supports.
It will replace the temporary building from which the charity currently operates.
Anna O’Keeffe, community fundraiser at Maggie’s Oxford, said: “We are delighted and honoured that Richard Curtis has put on this screening for Maggie’s.
“Not only will the preview help us to raise funds for Maggie’s Oxford but will also help raise awareness of Maggie’s in the community.
“Tickets are selling fast and we look forward to seeing the film in this special preview before it rolls out to the cinemas in September.”
The event starts at 7pm, with the film screening at 8pm. Tickets are £60 for each of the 94 seats.
- For more information and a booking form, contact Anna O’Keeffe on 07920 583798, or go to email@example.com
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