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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Swansea on the celeb map

The Swansea bay area can boast already of Catherine Zeta Jones, Katharine Jenkins, Max Boyce, Mary Hopkin, Richard Burton, Ivor Emmanuel, Rob Brydon, Anthony Hopkins, Paul Potts, Michael Sheen, Gavin Henson (and by association Charlotte Church), Peg Entwistle, Dylan Thomas, Pete Ham and Mike Gibbins of Badfinger, the rock group Man, Terry Williams of Dire Straits, Mal Pope, Russell T Davies, Sir Harry Secombe and Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, to name but a few. Yesterday we got Jordan.

She packed them in at W.H. Smith's when she showed up in curlers to sign her latest book. Of more significance however is this article in today's Wales on Sunday:

Film stars will descend on a Welsh village for the world premiere of a lost film.

Kenneth Branagh, who stars in Alien Love Triangle, will be attending its opening at La Charrette in Gorseinon, near Swansea.

The movie, directed by Trainspotting’s Danny Boyle, also features Courtney Cox and Heather Graham.

Gorseinon’s own pocket-sized picture palace, made from a converted train carriage, is located in a back garden and played to packed houses of 23 people since 1953. But it is being forced to close its doors because it has fallen into disrepair.

As a fitting send-off, film critic and writer Mark Kermode, of BBC2’s The Culture Show, has arranged for Boyle’s never-released, 30-minute film to get its first showing there on February 23.

I wonder where we can get tickets.
I lived in Loughor for a few years and went to Gorseinon College yet this is the first I've heard of this cinema.

Although judging by this picture the cinema does seem rather inconspicuous.
What a heart warming Welsh story. I hope the chief protagonists will be served 'Joe's Ice Cream'.

PS Joe's family should open a Joe's Ice Cream Parlour in Washington, DC. It would become the 'talk of the town'.
It's a bit cheeky to claim Katherine Jenkins, Max Boyce, Mary Hopkin, Richard Burton, Ivor Emmanuel, Rob Brydon, Anthony Hopkins, Michael Sheen, and Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams for the "Swansea Bay area", when they are all from Neath Port Talbot county borough.
(I could add Rebecca Evans, Ray Milland, William Squire and Andrew Vicari.)

Paul Potts is from Bristol, I believe.

But you didn't need to bolster your claims in that way. Swansea can boast Vernon Watkins, Alfred Janes, Wynford Vaughan Thomas, Evan Walters, Nigel Jenkins, Iris Gower, Valerie Ganz and Owen Teale.

PS: Sir Cumference spelled his name "Secombe". You must have been thinking of a district in Wirral ...
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