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Outdoor screening celebrates 20th anniversary of cult film Twin Town

AN outdoor screening of Twin Town is being staged in Swansea next week to mark its 20th anniversary.

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Director Kevin Allen, who shot the film in the city, will introduce the movie at the Lacrosse Field at the bottom of Singleton Park on Thursday August 3.

There will be live music, other entertainment and licensed refreshments, including hot dogs, with the gates opening at 5.30pm and the screening starting at 9pm.

Swansea's independent cinema, Cinema & Co, is hosting the celebration in conjunction with Swansea Council's EnjoySwansea summer programme.

With a capacity of 5,000 people, ticket holders are being encouraged to dress 90s style for the special screening.

Mr Allen, who is supporting Swansea's bid to become UK City of Culture 2021, said: "It doesn't seem like I directed Twin Town 20 years ago - in fact, it feels like yesterday.

"Although a lot has happened since that wonderful film shoot in my home town, Twin Town still remains very close to my heart, and it's a film I'm immensely proud of.

"The fan base for the movie has grown incredibly over the years, and having been away for so long, I still can't believe how popular it is. I suppose that's why it seems only right to have an anniversary screening like this.

"I'm sure it'll be a wonderful night - and I'm really looking forward to hooking up with the cast again, many of whom I've not seen for many years. It's also great to see an independent cinema doing so well in Swansea, and I'm sure Cinema & Co, along with the council, will put on a great show."

Councillor Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: "When we were approached to see if we could provide a fitting venue for the celebration we were only too happy to help.

"When Twin Town was made 20 years ago the sight of a film crew in Swansea was quite rare but it has become much more common with Bay Studios off Fabian Way, regular visits by the Dr Who production team and the recent use of our own Guildhall in several big screen productions including Their Finest.

"I'm sure the many fans of Twin Town will have a wonderful evening celebrating this iconic film."

Anna Redfern, who runs Cinema & Co, said: "Twin Town is without a doubt our most requested film at the cinema. When we first announced the outdoor screening, we were blown away by the overwhelming response.

"People are even travelling from Sheffield and North Wales for the event. Twenty years on and although this ugly, lovely city has changed somewhat on the outside, its people remain in its heart.

"Kevin has created a cult classic that captures Swansea's spirit perfectly which is why Twin Town resonates with so many locals of all ages. Just like the film, it'll be an occasion to remember for years to come.  We're going to party like it's 1997, Swansea style."

Tickets for the evening are available from Cinema & Co. Visit: www.cinemaco.co.uk


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