Clevedon set to take centre stage in new Les Dennis film
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This weekend, British legend Les Dennis will be heading down the the Clevedon Curzon for a special Q&A screening of his new comedy film Sideshow.
It will be screened at 7.30pm on March 26. Clevedon's Curzon has a special connection to the film as it is where parts of it were filmed.
The film follows two criminals who after breaking into the home of a washed-up psychic, get much more than they bargained for, because ‘The All-Seeing Stupendo’ is a genuine master of the dark mystic arts – at least that’s what it says on his poster and he’s sticking to it.
Featuring hilarious performances from British legends Les Dennis (Extras, Coronation Street) and Anthony Head (Ted Lasso, Buffy), as well as April Pearson (Skins) and Nathan Clarke (Alex Rider), this film is sure to get audiences laughing.
Commenting on the release writer & director Adam Oldroyd said: "Sideshow is my modern take on the black humour of the old Ealing comedies. Les was the perfect pick to play ageing psychic Stuart Pendrick, his years of experience as one of the nation’s best-loved entertainers was the ideal material to draw from."
Producer Michael Riley also commented on the film's upcoming theatrical release saying: "Featuring a brilliant, touching and tragicomic career-best central performance from entertainment legend Les Dennis, Sideshowgives UK audiences a chance to shake off those pandemic blues.
"It’s a hilarious, perfectly-pitched and thoroughly silly way to spend 90 minutes, and shouldn’t be missed."
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At the heart of the action is the Curzon, which cinematographer Stephen J Brand said was perfect for Sideshow - if not for the crew.
He said: "The Curzon was perfect for what we needed visually, but logistically a bit of a nightmare
"The Curzon is a busy, working cinema, so each time we were there, we would have to rig all the lights from 5am, shoot for a few hours and then remove everything in time for the afternoon screening, which started at 1.30pm."
And the traffic of Clevedon itself also proved a bit of a headache for the crew when filming.
Stephen said: "On the very first day, we arrived for a night shoot outside the cinema to film the robbers arriving at the theatre, only to discover that the road was a complete rat run, with constant traffic until at least 9pm."