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.
|Save the Cinema|
|Directed by||Sara Sugarman|
|Written by||Piers Ashworth|
|Story by||Lorraine King|
|Distributed by||Sky Cinema|
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.
- 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, 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.
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