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Orpington screening of community film Blitz and Bananas

PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 June 2012

Bethan Fry plays Bessie Smiley, picture by Simon Earwicker

Bethan Fry plays Bessie Smiley, picture by Simon Earwicker

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Audiences have another chance to see a movie about the wartime experiences of Bromley residents - made by Orpington film-makers and starring Brian Murphy from Last of the Summer Wine and George and Mildred.

Audiences have another chance to see a movie about the wartime experiences of Bromley residents – made by Orpington film-makers and starring Brian Murphy from Last of the Summer Wine and George and Mildred.

The community movie featured professional actor Mr Murphy, who lives in Bromley, along with amateurs and features locations from across the borough including Chislehurst, Bickley and Orpington during the 18 month shoot.

Blitz and Bananas was made by the Orpington Video and Film Makers Club and premiered at a packed Churchill Theatre in Bromley earlier this year when the film’s seven child stars got the red carpet treatment and arrived at the theatre in vintage cars.

The feature-length film’s success means that it is being shown again, this time at 3pm on Sunday July 8 at Darrick Wood Hall, Lovibonds Avenue in Orpington.

To get audiences into the 1940s spirit there will be vintage cars and dancers in 1940s costumes in the courtyard after the screening.

Anna Little, who wrote and directed the movie, said: “The theatre was packed inside and out for the premiere with guests of all ages arriving early to enjoy the wartime entertainment. When they left the theatre buzzing with enthusiasm about the film, I knew our 18 month project had all been worthwhile!”

The movie involved 150 volunteers ranging in age from one to 91 and vintage car clubs, Rotary, U3A and Probus joined the project .

Ms Little said: “Not only did everyone have great fun on set, but it was a unique and invaluable learning experience for us all.”

Hi Di Hi actress Linda Regan was also in the film.

“They added so much emotion and humour to the film and were such brilliant actors to work with. It was an absolute privilege and a joy to have them involved,” said Ms Little.”

Music was composed by Bromley musician Adam Bird.

The family drama focuses on four-year-old Bessie Smiley who is inspired to do “war work” with her sisters and secretly set about rescuing people’s belongings lost in the bombings.

But her exploit bring her face to face with the scariest man in town – the grumpy old grand dad played by Mr Murphy.

Tickets to see the film cost £10 for adults and £5 for children – with family/ group discounts. Call 01689 813616 or 862825.

For more details visit www.blitzandbananas.com

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