Trailer released for Save the Cinema – the original Sky movie starring Samantha Morton and Keith Allen

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The first trailer for a movie about how a small group of people saved cinema in their Welsh hometown has been released.

Save the Cinema, which is a production of Sky Original, is slated for release after Christmas. It stars Golden Globe winner Samantha Morton as the main character, supported by Oscar nominee Jonathan Pryce, Harry Potter star Tom Felton and Keith Allen, among others.

Excitement for the film has been rife in Carmarthen since hordes of production trucks arrived in the city in January. Parts of the city were closed during filming, and a section of King Street was transformed to look like the early 1990s when the movie is set.

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The inspiration behind this uplifting drama is the true story of Liz Evans, who ran the Lyric Theater on King Street. In the film, Mrs. Evans (played by Morton) launches a campaign to save her beloved theater from destruction by the local council. With the help of the local community, she manages to retaliate by barricading herself inside the building and hatching an ambitious plan to show Jurassic Park there.

This part of the story is based on the true story of when the Mayor of Carmarthen, Richard Goodridge, after speaking with Mrs Evans, wrote personally to Steven Spielberg to mark the plight of the Lyric Theater, and to underline that how to get the 1993 director’s blockbuster to hit theaters could turn things around.



Samantha Morton as Liz Evans



Filming takes place on Spilman Street in Carmarthen earlier this year

You can read the full story behind it here, including how Carmarthen ended up having his own Jurassic Park premiere.

The film is directed by Sara Sugarman and also stars Bafta-winning actor Adeel Akhtar, Gotham’s Erin Richards and Layer Cake star Colm Meaney, as well as an appearance by stand-up comedian Rhod Gilbert born in Carmarthen in his first feature film.

Sarah Wright, Director of Sky Cinema and Acquisitions at Sky UK and Ireland said: “Filmed in Wales and featuring the best of British talent, Save The Cinema is basically an incredible true story – the seemingly impossible dream of ‘a woman to galvanize her community to defend the local arts and all they represent.

Save the Cinema will be released on January 14, 2022 in theaters and on Sky Cinema. The film will also be available on the streaming service NOW via the Sky Cinema subscription.

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