Join David Copperfield 'watch-along' to celebrate DVD and streaming release of movie, which was filmed in Bury St Edmunds
In the summer of 2018, Bury St Edmunds and King’s Lynn were transformed for the filming of Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield.
To celebrate the film's live streaming and DVD release, Lynn Museum, in King’s Lynn, has organised a watch-along event, allowing people to experience the film and discuss their observations with each other in real time.
Bury St Edmunds and Beyond will be joining in and tweeting on Sunday from 7pm, along with Lynn Museum.
In July 2018, Bury was filled with film crew, extras, horse-drawn carriages, directors, producers, cameras and some of Hollywood's top names.
Filming took place on Angel Hill outside The Angel Hotel, where Dickens stayed three times, The Athenaeum, where he did some of his readings, and in Crown Street and Chequer Square, before moving to inside the Theatre Royal. The first official photo featured star Dev Patel in costume in Churchgate Street.
Mike Dean, former chairman of Bury Tour Guides and Theatre Royal guide, was an extra.
Sue Warren, brand and marketing manager at Bury St Edmunds and Beyond, said: “The idea is that everyone watches the film at home at the same time and then tweets their thoughts on the film as they watch. Not only is it fun to do, but it also raises the profile of Bury and King's Lynn as film locations and film tourism destinations.”
Emma Suckling, head of development at the Theatre Royal, said: “We loved hosting and providing a base for the film’s crew here at the theatre while they filmed in Bury.”
Charles Dickens visited Bury St Edmunds on three occasions, staying at The Angel Hotel, which doubles as a London coaching inn in the film. There’s a blue plaque at the front of The Angel, installed by The Bury Society on the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth to commemorate his visits to Bury St Edmunds. The town and The Angel feature in The Pickwick Papers and the town is mentioned again in The Personal History of David Copperfield.
To take part:
- Go to the event page and click ‘going’ at https://www.facebook.com/events/902691563563387/
- Buy or download the film(it is available to stream from a variety of sources, including Amazon).=
- Start the film at 7pm on Sunday.
- Use the hashtag #CopperfieldAlong when posting comments and thoughts on then film and to join in with others.
- Follow Bury St Edmunds and Beyond on twitter @BuryStEdBeyond
For more information visit www.burystedmundsandbeyond.co.uk