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ACT screening, Chilham, 11 May 2014

On the 11th May 2014, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the first public screening of A Canterbury Tale on 11 May 1944, it was shown again in Chilham, one of the villages around Canterbury that went to make up the fictional "Chillingbourne" where we spend most of the film.

Over 100 tickets sold for the screening in the village hall. All proceeds going to their war memorial restoration fund.

I had done a mini-location walk before the screening to show people some of the locations used in Chilham itself and I told them about other nearby locations.

A surprising number had never seen it before or hadn't seen it for many years so it was good to reawaken interest in what is really their local film.

Nobody got bored and left, despite some uncomfortable seating. They laughed at the gags and gasped at the dramatic bits. A great reaction. I spoke to quite a few of them afterwards & they all said they enjoyed it.

Thanks to Ali and the people from the parish council, the village hall people who decorated the hall in a 1940s style and to Eddie, Bryan and the chaps from CCCU for the screening

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