September 24 2012.

Newhaven is to have its first film society since the Newhaven cinema closed many years ago.The Art Room at the Hillcrest Centre in Hillcrest Road has been fitted out with a professional projector, lights and blinds.

The Hillcrest Film Society will be launched on Saturday October 20th with a film based on a true story 'My Week with Marilyn. In the early summer of 1956 23-year-old Colin Clark, played by Eddie Redmayne, just down from Oxford and determined to get into the film industry worked as a lowly assistant on the film The Prince and the Showgirl, which united Monroe with Sir Laurence Olivier.

He kept a diary and The Prince,The Showgirl and Me was published, but one week was missing. That week forms the basis of this film.

Michelle Williams, who met her late husband, Heath Ledger, on the set of Brokeback Mountain, plays Marilyn Monroe and Kenneth Branagh, once named as the new Olivier, plays the Lord himself. Emmy award-winning actress Julia Ormond plays Vivien Leigh and in this film a Dame plays a Dame, with Dame Judy Dench playing Dame Sybil Thorndike.

No membership of the Society is required and tickets are £4.50 per person. The evening performance at 7.30pm sold out on the first day bookings opened, but there will be an additional Matinee showing of the film at 4.30pm and tickets are available at the Hillcrest Centre reception  - Telephone 01273 512376. Refreshements are available and the Hillcrest Café opens at 4pm for the matinee and 6.45pm for the evening showing.

Films will be shown on the third Saturday of each month. A black comedy The Guard is on November 17th and the original Some Like it Hot starring Marilyn Monroe is on December 15th.

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