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Nomadland, The Dig, Sound of Metal, Judas and the Black Messiah and The Father on star-studded bill as Saffron Screen prepares to reopen

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Saffron Screen – the not-for-profit independent community cinema in Saffron Walden – is getting ready to reopen to film fans.

The 200-seat movie house at Saffron Walden County High School promises a programme packed full of multi-award-winning movies from Friday May 21.

They include the Oscar-winning Nomadland starring Frances McDormand as a caravan-dwelling working nomad, Sound of Metal with an impressive performance by Riz Ahmed as a deaf drummer, Judas and the Black Messiah starring Oscar-winning Daniel Kaluuya as betrayed Black Panther chapter leader Fred Hampton and Korean-American drama Minari.

There will also be screenings of The Dig, set at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk and starring Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan, Six Minutes to Midnight, a gripping Second World War spy drama starring Judi Dench and Eddie Izzard, and later in June The Father starring Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins.

During lockdown a reduced staff supported film fans via online courses and clubs. The team has decided to continue this virtual offering to recognise that not everyone will be able to return to the Audley Road venue immediately.

Covid-19 safety measures including temperature checks, socially distanced seating and mandatory face masks will be in place for those ready to enjoy big-screen entertainment.

Saffron Screen is ready to reopen. Pic Celia Barlett (46856066)
Saffron Screen is ready to reopen. Pic Celia Barlett (46856066)

Tickets went on sale on Tuesday (May 11). They are only available in advance, either online at www.saffronscreen.com or from Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre.

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