A comedy movie shot in North Norfolk, telling how pub regulars pen an erotic novel to save their village inn, is set to be released at cinemas nationwide.
And ChickLit’s writer and director Tony Britten, who lives near Holt, will host a question and answer session after a special screening at Sheringham Little Theatre on September 6.
The film charts how domino-playing pub-goers, including the editor of the local newspaper, set about raising funds to save the closure-threatened watering hole, by trying their hands at writing a Fifty Shades of Grey style “mummy porn” novel.
The Hunny Bell pub at Hunworth, Holt Bookshop, Gresham’s School, Blakeney, Morston, the Muckleburgh Collection at Weybourne, and a Fakenham solicitors’ office all feature in the filming.
The lead male role of paper editor David is played by Christian McKay, who was Lord Hesketh in the motor racing film Rush, with Caroline Catz, the long-suffering wife of Doc Martin, playing his wife Jen.
The cast also includes comedian and actor Miles Jupp, with cameo roles from Norfolk-based acting legend Sir John Hurt and Dame Eileen Atkins as a pair of “dodgy” literary agents.
Chick Lit goes on general release in the first week in September. Sheringham Little Theatre, which previously hosted a preview screening for cast members and guests, has showings at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday, September 6.
Mr Britten, from Holt-based Capriol films which also made In Love with Alma Cogan based on Cromer Pier, will talk with the audience after the evening screening.
He hatched the Chick Lit idea while visiting younger son Oliver in Los Angeles back in 2011, during a chat about whether a team effort might get around the “solitary exercise” of writing a novel. It led to an idea about the team being pub dominoes players – with Mr Britten being one in real life.
Ollie wrote the initial script and Mr Britten was able to put together a “dream cast”, which also includes Niamh Cusack and Cathy Tyson.
He said: “What we have produced I firmly believe is funny, witty, charming and above all entertaining. It is set in a world I know about because I believe that the best stories originate from one’s own experience.”
To book tickets and for more information call Sheringham Little Theatre on 01263 822347 or visit www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com