Save the Cinema

Save the Cinema is a British drama film written by Piers Ashworth and directed by Sara Sugarman, based on the true story of Liz Evans, a hairdresser and leader of a youth theatre in Carmarthen, Wales, who began a campaign in 1993 to save the Lyric cinema from closure. The film stars Jonathan Pryce, Samantha Morton, Tom Felton, Adeel Akhtar and Susan Wokoma.[2]

Save the Cinema
Directed bySara Sugarman
Written byPiers Ashworth
Story byLorraine King
Produced by
  • Matt Williams
  • Julia Stuart
  • Future Artists Entertainment
  • Head Gear Films
  • Kreo Films FZ
  • Metrol Technology
Distributed bySky Cinema
Release dates
  • 14 January 2022 (2022-01-14)
(Sky Cinema)
  • 14 January 2022 (2022-01-14)
(Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen)
  • 3 February 2022 (2022-02-03)
(Theatre Colwyn)
Running time
109 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom

Liz Evans was the mother of Wynne Evans, a principal of the Welsh National Opera who, since 2009, has appeared as a fictional Italian tenor called Gio Compario in the advertising campaign for GoCompare; and Mark Llewellyn Evans, a member of the English National Opera and founder of ABC of Opera. They both appear in the film in cameo roles.


Liz Evans is a hairdresser and leader of a youth theatre in Carmarthen, Wales, who started a campaign in 1993 to save the Lyric cinema from closure. She and a local councilor will enlist the help of Steven Spielberg, securing a special premiere for Jurassic Park.[2]


  • Jonathan Pryce as Mr. Morgan, Liz's former school teacher
  • Samantha Morton as Liz Evans
  • Tom Felton as Richard Goodridge, the local postman and a councillor, later Mayor
  • Adeel Akhtar as Tom, the Mayor
  • Susan Wokoma as Dolly, an assistant in the hair salon
  • Erin Richards as Susan, the Mayor's secretary
  • Owain Yeoman as David Evans, husband of Liz
  • Rhod Gilbert as Mr. Powell
  • Dora Davis as Carol
  • Leanne Holder as Mourner
  • Joe Hurst as Huw Evans
  • Thaer Al-Shayei as Mr. Hopkins
  • Fflyn Edwards as Wynne Evans
  • Harry Luke as Mark Llewellyn Evans
  • Reegan Davies as Megan
  • Huw Morgan as Police Officer
  • Matthew Lee as Screening Member
  • Mitchell Zhangazha as Judas
  • Mathew Guerin as Bailiff/Screening Member
  • Keith Allen as Superintendent Evans
  • Melanie Walters as Mrs. Pritchett


Filming began in January 2021,[3] under strict health protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Filming took place around Carmarthenshire, Wales. Locations included the Lyric cinema, Ammanford town hall, and the towns Laugharne and Llandeilo.[4]


Save the Cinema was released in the United Kingdom on 14 January 2022.[4] The film earned $12,864 from 40 cinemas in its opening weekend.[5]


  1. ^ "Save the Cinema".
  2. ^ a b Dalton, Ben (January 22, 2021). "Jonathan Pryce, Samantha Morton, Tom Felton to lead Sara Sugarman's 'Save The Cinema' (exclusive)". Screen Daily. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  3. ^ Harries, Robert (25 January 2021). "Stars of Harry Potter and The Pembrokeshire Murders are making a film in Wales". Wales Online. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Hollywood's Jurassic Park premiere in Carmarthen set for movie". BBC News. 3 February 2021. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  5. ^ "British 2022 Weekend 2". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 21, 2022.

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