Hereford & Worcester

Hereford Cathedral to host Resistance regional premiere

Michael Sheen in a scene from the film. Photo: Metrodome
Image caption Michael Sheen is the best-known actor in the film

A film shot on the Herefordshire border is to have its regional premiere at Hereford Cathedral.

The nave of the cathedral will be turned into a cinema for the first showing outside of London of Resistance, which stars Michael Sheen.

The film, set during World War II, is based on the novel of the same name by Abergavenny author Owen Sheers.

The London premiere will be shown on 20 November with the regional premiere set to be held in Hereford the day after.

Resistance follows a community in the Olchon Valley, on the Herefordshire border with Powys, and envisages what might have happened if World War II had taken a different course and Germany had invaded the UK mainland.

'Local twist'

The film was shot in the Olchon and Llanthony valleys last year.

The directorial debut of Amit Gupta, Resistance also stars Andrea Riseborough and Tom Wlaschia.

Erica Manley, events co-ordinator for Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust, said: "It is an exciting event for us.

"This is the first time that a film of this sort has been shown in the nave and I know it will be a great event.

"There is also an additional local twist, which anyone who has read Owen's book will know, as the Mappa Mundi, the cathedral's map of the world, makes an appearance towards the end of the film."

The charity screening, supported by the Wye Valley Group, will include a reception attended by Sheers and members of the cast and crew.

Tickets for the reception and screening are available from the the Perpetual Trust office and the cathedral shop.

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