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Hot Fuzz Actor Visits Saffron Screen For Charity Screening

Actor Nick Frost, star of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, caused great excitement last week when he visited Saffron Screen to introduce his highly anticipated new film The World’s End and answer questions after the screening.

Selling out in just 24 hours, the event was in memory of local boy Joel Sheairs who sadly passed away earlier this year. It was hosted by celebrated author Jojo Moyes and was in aid of local charity, the Saffron Walden Opportunity Playgroup (SWOP).

Long-time collaborator of actor Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright, Frost introduced The World’s End, the last of the three films in the mysteriously named Cornetto Triolgy. After the film, Jojo Moyes kicked off the question and answer session by asking Nick about his role in the film and how he enjoyed the complex action sequences. Later, questions from the audience came thick and fast and Nick talked about his new film Cuban Fury, out next year, his close relationship with Simon Pegg, working with former James Bond, Pierce Brosnan and how the Cornetto Trilogy got its name.

Nick was impressed with Saffron Walden’s local not-for-profit cinema and said “what a great idea to have a cinema in a school!”

At the end of the evening, Nick auctioned off an array of film memorabilia including signed posters, CDs and a gold watch, a gift from the GQ awards which he attended earlier in the week. He also auctioned off the cardigan that he wore in the film and Saffron Screen Business Manager Rebecca del Tufo bought this and donated it to the cinema archive.

The avid audience of 200 feasted on Cornettos sold by the cinema especially for the screening and helped to raise £1600 for SWOP from the auction, donations and the profits from the evening, donated by Saffron Screen. The event was an enormous success for both the cinema and charity.

Karen Sheairs, mother of Joel and supporter of SWOP said “It was a fantastic evening and I am delighted we managed to raise such a great amount for SWOP”.

The Saffron Walden Opportunity Playgroup was formed in 1987 and supports all families with special needs children aged 0-5 years. It offers respite, friendly and stimulating sessions and for parents to meet other parents in a supportive environment. The charity does not receive any statutory funding and therefore relies totally on grants and donations.

The World’s End sees Gary (Simon Pegg) and his old school friends reunite and return home as they attempt finally to complete the fabled pub crawl of their youth. But what starts with high hopes and excitement soon takes a strange turn as they discover that the inhabitants of their old hometown have undergone an unusual change. A hilarious rollicking ride, this is the much anticipated end to Pegg, Wright and Frost’s jokingly titled Cornetto Trilogy.

Saffron Screen is a not-for-profit independent community cinema. It is known for its community engagement, special and speak events, Q&As and varied programming. Its professional auditorium boasts a full size screen, 200 cinema seats, Dolby Digital surround sound and both 35mm and digital projection equipment.