21st October 2002




Lincoln film buffs are waiting with bated breath for the long-anticipated release of the film ‘Possession’ starring Gwyneth Paltrow.


It’s been more than two years since the Oscar-winning actress was in Lincoln to shoot scenes from the film, and tomorrow night the wait will be over for the lucky VIPs who have tickets to a special gala screening of the movie.


The film will be on general release in the UK on Friday, but the University of Lincoln and the Odeon Cinema are to host a gala screening of the film tomorrow evening (Tuesday).


The university and the Odeon have joined forces with the city and county councils, Lincolnshire Tourism, BBC Radio Lincolnshire and the Lincolnshire Echo to stage the glittering black tie event.


After a champagne reception in the university’s Alstom Atrium (6pm) VIP guests will attend a special screening at the Odeon Cinema (7.15pm) compered by Melvyn Prior of BBC Radio Lincolnshire.


“The city is really buzzing at the moment and people are genuinely interested in seeing this film,” said Jez Ashberry, spokesman for the University of Lincoln, which is the main sponsor for the event.


“We’ve heard from some of our students in the United States who have already seen it and they’ve told us that the film really gives a great impression of Lincoln.”


The original novel Booker Prize-winning novel by A S Byatt was partly set at a fictional Lincoln University, and a 140-strong film crew was based at the Brayford Pool campus for five days at the beginning of shooting in August 2000.


The film tells the story of Lincoln University academic Maud Bailey (Paltrow) who with an American colleague (Aaron Eckhart) uncovers a secret love affair between two Victorian poets (Jennifer Ehle and Jeremy Northam).


The gala screening is invitation-only but members of the public can see the film for themselves at the Odeon Cinema in Lincoln from Friday.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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