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Cinematic eulogy to Suffolk met with love, from sellout audience

With Love From Suffolk premiere at The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge. Photo by Dario Vitellini.

With Love From Suffolk premiere at The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge. Photo by Dario Vitellini.

Dario Vitellini

A sellout audience attended the red carpet premiere of a film with its heart firmly rooted in Suffolk.

The Riverside Theatre in Woodbridge hosted the first showing of home-grown feature, From Suffolk With Love.

The collaborative film, showcasing Suffolk, its writers and filmmakers, was received with spontaneous applause and praise by audience members.

Among those leading tributes to producers was Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran, whose brother composed incidental music for the film.

Taking time out before the Grammy’s to send a short video offering his best wishes, he said: “Hello Woodbridge.

“I hope you are having a lovely time. Unfortunately I can’t be with you.

“I hope you enjoy the music which was made by Matthew, my brother.”

Two sell-out screening of the movie, produced by Film Suffolk, were followed by unbroken applause throughout the six minutes of final credits.

Audience member, Paul Snow, from Martlesham, said: “I loved the small quirky stories, it kept your interest going all the way along. Suffolk looked magnificent.”

Ipswich hairdresser, Caroline de Max added: “It was like seeing Suffolk through different eyes.

“All those familiar places like Aldeburgh, Southwold and Ipswich that you know, but this time in a film.”

Suffolk writer, editor and academic, Deveril added, “I think it was a fantastic celebration and everyone involved should be really proud. It was really good.”

The crowd-funded romantic comedy combines eight different ten-minute stories, individually written and directed, but woven together with a linking narrative.

It cost £6,000 to make, with donated services, time and talent from 210 people including directors Graham Baker and Daniel Simpson.

Producers Matthew McGuchan and Julien Mery created With Love From Suffolk with aim of showcasing the county and its creative talent.

Mr McGuchan said: “We had so many professionals giving not just their time and expertise, but also allowing us to use their equipment too.”

Mr Mery added: “We were delighted to welcome that many people – and that the shows sold out. The applause was fantastic.”

Under the Film Suffolk banner, Mr McGuchan and Mr Mery have been assembling a database of actors, writers, make-up, wardrobe, crew, camera crew – all with services to offer that would make life easier for visiting productions.

To learn more about Film Suffolk visit filmsuffolk.org.uk. For more on With Love From Suffolk, go to withlovefromsuffolk.co.uk.

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