THE premiere of a film capturing the town’s Rugby League World Cup adventure is set to take place at Pyramid .
Students and staff at the University of Chester’s Padgate campus initiated, filmed and edited Warrington’s World Cup, using The Hot Room – the media department’s own production company.
The film features the preparations for the global competition and the lasting impact it has had on the town.
Highlights include Latchford school children’s rendition of the Haka to welcome the Samoan team, the trophy tour around the town and highlights from two of the most outstanding games of the tournament.
Alongside the screening, an exclusive extras feature will be shown after the main film where guests will be invited to comment and share their stories about the role Warrington played in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
Robert Mumford, a third-year television production with radio production student, worked as production assistant on the project. He said: “I went out and about filming a lot of the content for the film in the months leading up to the Rugby League World Cup, and it’s really nice to see it finally all coming together.
“It was great to see the variety of performances, from talented, dedicated individuals taking pride in their town. It was also fantastic to experience filming and using the equipment in different locations which will help me in my future career.”
Culture Warrington, a charitable trust delivering arts, heritage and events across Warrington, helped to fund the student-led project.
Jan Souness, managing director at Culture Warrington and chairman of the Warrington Rugby League World Cup Consortia, added: “We wanted to capture Warrington’s World Cup year – the preparations, build up and excitement in the town leading to our opening and quarter-final game.
“From cultural organisations to businesses and faith sector organisations, fans, university staff, students and members of the council, everyone has supported the games coming to Warrington.”
The film will be shownfor the first time on Thursday at 7pm. To register your place, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 442884.
A DVD is also to be released; copies are available for a promotional price of £8 on the night, or £9.99 from http://shopfront.chester.ac.uk.
A RAFFLE will be held on Thursday night to raise money for a charity which has grown from the World Cup.
Organisers were determined to keep the legacy going now the games have finished and set up a charity to allow that to happen.
A fundraising dinner before the World Cup raised £3,000 and an annual dinner is now planned.
At Thursday’s screening, guests will be invited to take part in the raffle with prizes including an official match ball from one of the games in Warrington, a signed Wolves away shirt, monthly gym memberships at the Park Royal, Village Hotel and Livewire, tickets to the Straits at Parr Hall, Virgin train tickets and a copy of the DVD.
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