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Regal group's tribute to Hollywood star

PUBLISHED: 10:03 11 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:19 14 July 2010

WYMONDHAM Regal Experience Group's first screening this year will be a tribute to Hollywood icon Jean Simmons, who died in January.

The film will be Shadows in the Sun, shot on location in north Norfolk in the summer of 2007, and starring Jean as an ageing poet, living in a big house, who befriends a mysterious loner.

WYMONDHAM Regal Experience Group's first screening this year will be a tribute to Hollywood icon Jean Simmons, who died in January.

The film will be Shadows in the Sun, shot on location in north Norfolk in the summer of 2007, and starring Jean as an ageing poet, living in a big house, who befriends a mysterious loner. He plies her with cannabis to ease her pains and when her family arrives tensions surface. The leading man is James Wilby, who starred in Oscar-winning period drama Gosford Park. The beauty of the Norfolk coast and countryside make a breathtaking setting for the poignant story.

The movie's director David Rocksavage, the Marquess of Cholmondeley and owner of Houghton Hall, will be present to talk about Jean and the shooting of the film.

The show will be on Sunday, March 28 at 2.30pm at the old Wymondham Regal, now part of the local Ex-Services' Club.

While over the last 10 years many stars of the films have made personal appearances at the Regal Experience's shows, this will be the first time a director of a full-length feature film has attended a screening.

There will also be an exhibition about Jean's movies.

Just after the film was made Jean invited Regal Experience Group members to her home in Santa Monica, where she discussed with them her long and illustrious career. She had starred opposite the likes of Sir Laurence Olivier, Kirk Douglas, Spencer Tracy, Gregory Peck and Cary Grant. As a teenager Jean excelled as the young Estella in Great Expectations and later married matinee idol Stewart Grainger. Eccentric movie-maker Howard Hughes took her to Hollywood where she appeared in many epics and her favourite movie - Guys and Dolls with Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando.

The short supporting film will be Fenlands, which was made by the Ministry of Information in 1945 for its Pattern of Britain series. It gives a nostalgic insight into the often difficult working lives of watermen, farmers and marshmen at that time in the Fens.

Tickets for the show are available at the Wymondham Heritage Museum and from Maureen Dodman on 01953 605593 or Michael Armstrong on 01953 603246. They are priced at £5 (£4 concessions).

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