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"Admirers of Chris's Bits."
Leigh film enthusiasts have pulled off a coup by unveiling one of the region's best-known acting stars as their community group's patron. Christopher Eccleston, best known for playing the ninth Timelord in Doctor Who, has given his official backing to Leigh Film and the Leigh Short Film Festival.
Former Timelord Christopher Eccleston is film group's patron Christopher Eccleston, who is the new patron of Leigh Film and the Leigh Short Film Festival ANDREW NOWELL Email 12:00Sunday 19 February 2017 Leigh film enthusiasts have pulled off a coup by unveiling one of the region's best-known acting stars as their community group's patron. Christopher Eccleston, best known for playing the ninth Timelord in Doctor Who, has given his official backing to Leigh Film and the Leigh Short Film Festival. The award-winning actor, who was raised not far from Leigh in Little Hulton, has appeared in a host of TV dramas and films as well as taken on top stage roles including Shakespeare's Hamlet. He is now the patron of the town's annual celebration of short, low-budget movies made by up-and-coming film-makers and the regular screenings of classic and non-mainstream films at The Turnpike Centre in Leigh. Leigh Film secretary Elizabeth Costello said: "We are so honoured at Leigh Film to have Christopher Eccleston as our patron. We have been working over the past four years on delivering quality community cinema and having Christopher, an award-winning actor, as our patron is amazing recognition for what we do and our ethos. "He was raised not a stone's throw away from Leigh and we believe he proves that with hard work and passion for what you believe in you can succeed. We are so honoured at Leigh Film to have Christopher Eccleston as our patron Leigh Film secretary Elizabeth Costello "It is hoped through Christopher's patronage that we at Leigh Film can raise the aspiration of young people in the borough to get involved in film and other associated activities." Now living in Worsley, Eccleston, has become one of Britain's most recognisable acting talents, with notable credits including his roles in hit films such as Shallow Grave, Elizabeth, 24 Hour Party People and 28 Days Later. Originally influenced by films such as Ken Loach's Kes and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, he studied at the Central Speech of School and Drama and first trod the boards professionally at The Old Vic in Bristol aged 25. Recent major roles including British series The A Word about autism and American drama The Leftovers. He is also known for his work on defeating dementia, currently featuring in Alzheimer's Research's new campaign, and Leigh Film hopes to work on this as its Afternoon Cinema Club aims to tackle social isolation and provide somewhere for dementia sufferers and their carers. For more information about the group visit www.leighfilmsociety.com
Read more at: http://www.leighobserver.co.
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MAXINE PEAKE, CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON ET AL RAISE THOUSANDS FOR SALFORD WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY.
Star date: 28th November 2016
"IF WE DON'T LEARN FROM THE PAST WE END UP WITH A FUTURE A BIT LIKE WE'VE GOT NOW..." MAXINE PEAKE
Hundreds of people packed into Salford University's Maxwell Hall yesterday to hear Maxine Peake, Christopher Eccleston, Sheila Hancock, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Mike Joyce do Radical Readings from Salford's history and struggles.
The top class event was poignant, political and in parts hilarious, with Maxine Peake ending the day by explaining why it's so important to support the Working Class Movement Library... "If we don't learn from the past we end up with a future a bit like we've got now" she said, to thunderous applause.
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So Maxine Peake is on stage, trying to get her tongue around a latter day poem by Radical Readings organiser, Royston Futter; a kind of re-working of an AA Milne poem but with added Brexit, Trump and Tories...
...There's a line about Cameron and Osborne but Maxine can't spit it out... "Ossbon...Ossbum...Arsehole" she laughs "They're all arseholes!"
The audience in the packed hall cheers her on. Despite two hours of readings about Salford's past political struggles and humour in misery, the radical spirit is definitely alive today – led by Maxine herself, Christopher Eccleston, Sheila Hancock, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Mike Joyce.
It's a fundraiser for the Working Class Movement Library and these top, top stars have given their time to aid the survival of an institution that archives in artefacts, books, banners and flyers the fights of ordinary people for a better life.
There's loads of readings of descriptions of old Salford society, from Walter Greenwood's `slumdom' stories of Black Bill Douglas and his child slave mill down Whit Lane, to Engels' documenting of the `conditions of the working class', to the opening chapter of Harold Brighouse's Salford-set Hobson's Choice, which is celebrating its centenary this year.
Christopher Eccleston and Maxine Peake read extracts from the opening chapter which talks of Salford's "over populated districts" competing with Manchester, and "human beings extraordinarily endowed with the will to live"...
Within the misery of poverty there was also humour, as extracts from the Ewan MacCollautobiography, Journeyman, witness - kids using prize pigs' tails as would-be willies to scare off the girls, and George Drummond, whose work colleagues at Cox's Foundry presented him with a plaque as the `champion farter of Salford 1921'.
Robert Roberts also looms large with A Ragged Schooling recounting the hilarious exploits of kids using Salford's (and the country's) first public library, brought back to life through the vivid narration of the on-stage actors (and ex-Smiths drummer, who's got definite talent as a voice artist).
Then there's the classics of local working class history, with stories of Peterloo, The Chartists and George Orwell's Homage To Catalonia, plus everyone paying homage to Ruth and Eddie Frow, the Library's ace founders.
All in all it was a bit of a perfect, special day – Salford, radicalism and the legends that are Sheila Hancock, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Mike Joyce, Christopher Eccleston and Maxine Peake, who ended the day explaining why it's so, so important to support the Working Class Movement Library...
"If we don't learn from the past we end up with a future a bit like we've got now" she insisted, to thunderous applause.
*To learn more from the past go to the Mary Quaile Club event at the Working Class Movement Library this Saturday, 3rd December, at 1pm, for a film Looking Back at the Grunwick Strike 1976-1978 plus speakers from the Grunwick 40 Steering Group, and the Durham Teaching Assistants who are facing huge wage cuts and strike action now. See Salford Star article for further details – click here
For more details of the Working Class Movement Library see www.wcml.org.uk
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Amma Asante's fulfilled one long-time dream when A United Kingdom opened this year's London Film Festival. With Where Hands Touch, a passion project she's been trying to get off the ground for many years, the writer/director is ticking another box. The period drama has added Abbie Cornish, Christopher Eccleston and The Childhood Of A Leader's young star Tom Sweet to its cast.
Set in 1944 in Berlin, Where Hands Touch's central characters are a biracial German teenager and a Hitler Youth cadet played by The Hunger Games' Amandla Stenberg and George MacKay respectively. The story charts a forbidden love affair blooming amid the dying embers of the Third Reich.
No word on Cornish, Sweet and Eccleston's exact roles yet, though it wouldn't be a surprise to see the latter channelling some Dark Elf into the part of an equally accursed Nazi.
"I have been an absolute fan of Abbie Cornish and Chris Eccleston for some time," enthuses Asante, "and I am delighted to welcome Tom Sweet to my cast."
The film's shoot gets underway in Belgium this week, with a script written by Asante. Her next film, A United Kingdom, makes its bow in the UK on 25 November. Pick up the new issue of Empire – onsale now – for a panoramic behind-the-scenes photo album of the shoot curated by the director herself.
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