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Stars hail 'Salford's future' at Film Festival
updated 24/11/03
Salford Film Festival

The first ever Salford Film Festival drew to a close last Friday (21st November) with crowds flocking to see the premiere of Oscar-tipped Salford short, Talking With Angels.


Salford Film Festival - 'Salford's future'

Two screenings had to be hastily arranged at the 500 seat theatre at Red Cinema, in Salford Quays, as the 15 minute feature, starring 12 year old Stephen Buckley and a host of residents from the city's Langworthy Estate, proved incredibly popular.

Sir Ben Kingsley
Click here to read the messages of support sent by famous Salfordians.

At the premiere - a highlight of the Salford Film Festival - messages of support were read out from an array of famous Salfordians, including Sir Ben Kingsley, Russell Watson and Christopher Eccleston, who said that the casts of community films, Gas and Air, WrecKeD and Talking With Angels were "Salford's future".

At the post-premiere party New Order's Peter Hook joined upcoming local band, Hanky Park' on stage for an impromptu version of Joy Division's famous hit, Love Will Tear Us Apart..."written in Salford".

And Salford-based British and Commonwealth light middleweight champion, Jamie Moore, who couldn't be at the bash as he was successfully defending his belt in Belfast the following night, sang down a mobile phone with Hanky Park frontman, James Davenport.

Stephen Buckley
12 year old Stephen Buckley - the star of Talking with Angels

Meanwhile, Salford Reds rugby players displayed three cups the club won this year as they gained promotion to the Premiership, as the event turned into a complete celebration of Salford.

Earlier in the day Home Office Minister and Salford MP, Hazel Blears, revealed that she appears in kitchen sink classic, A Taste of Honey, shown at the Festival. "They filmed it at the bottom of our road" she recalled "And I was in one scene wearing bunches and a little kilt. My brother sang `The Big Ship Sails On The Ally Ally O'..."

In all, up to 3000 people attended the three-day Film Festival, which featured screenings of Salford classics like Love On The Dole, East Is East and Hobson's Choice.

Premieres of community films, Talking With Angels, and Gas and Air, were a spectacular success with the latter attracting nearly 500 local and mainly young people to see Langworthy residents arrive in a stream of limos. The Gas and Air soundtrack featured exclusive new tracks by The Fall and Stella Grundy.

In a nutshell:
  • The Salford Film Festival took place at the Red Cinema in Salford Quays from 19 - 21 November

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