Special Screening of Great Expectations at St Albans Cathedral

Fri, 1 February 2013

St Albans Cathedral to hold a special screening of Great Expectations

St Albans Cathedral to hold a special screening of Great Expectations with introductory talk by Director Mike Newell.

The recent film Great Expectations is to be the first feature film to be shown in the nave of St Albans Cathedral in a special fundraiser event on Thursday 28th February, with an introductory talk by the film's illustrious director Mike Newell, a week before the first St Albans Film Festival officially kicks off on March 8th.

The nave of the Cathedral, which is the longest nave of any Cathedral in England, will be transformed for the screening of this new adaptation of a classic novel, and promises to lend the film an atmospheric edge. There will be live music and a Prosecco bar before the film, and film goers may well encounter Miss Havisham and other characters from the Dickens classic as they gather in the nave.

Canon Kevin Walton, Canon Chancellor of St Albans Cathedral, said, “Mike Newell has long connections with St Albans Cathedral and is a keen supporter through the Education Trust. We are really pleased to have a screening of Great Expectations in this very ancient and atmospheric place.”

BAFTA award winner Mike Newell, who directed Four Weddings and a Funeral and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was born and brought up in St Albans, and is one of a number of famous film-making residents of the City, past and present.

The City's Roman and Medieval aesthetic has been used as a backdrop to many films: St Albans Cathedral was a film location in Sean Connery's 1995 film First Knight, and in Johnny English starring Rowan Atkinson. The 2001 film Birthday Girl starring Nicole Kidman was also partly filmed in St Albans. More recently, several scenes from the film Incendiary were filmed in St Albans, and Tom Cruise has recently filmed his new movie with Emily Blunt, All You Need is Kill, in the area. The City is also close to some of the best and busiest film studios in the world - Leavesden, Pinewood and Elstree.

St Albans' inaugural Film Festival's full list of events will be available at the screening, with Festival Makers giving out the programme packed with screenings of shorts and feature films, workshops, talks and interactive film fun.

Leoni Kibbey, Film Festival Director, says: "‘The screening of Great Expectations at St Albans Cathedral with Director Mike Newell, demonstrates the strong links this City has to the film-making industry and to great film-makers."


Tickets for the Great Expectations screening cost £12 and are available from the Cathedral Bookshop, or call 01727 890217.

Profits from the screening and talk will go to the Cathedral Education Trust to support the work carried out by the Education Centre which welcomes over 16,000 children each year. Special thanks go to members of St Albans Symphony Orchestra, the Company of Ten and Vortex Events for their contribution to this unique event.

For information about the St Albans Film Festival, see

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