Cast and crew of 'Greatest Days' film based on songs of Take That coming back to Clitheroe
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The movie, which was filmed at numerous locations in Clitheroe and the surrounding countryside, culminating in a huge song and dance number featuring hundreds of people in the town centre – will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Friday June 16th.
A special premiere event, including a performance by Take That, will be broadcast nationwide from London’s Leicester Square the day before and tickets are available at www.greatestdaysmovie.com. And Ribble Valley Borough Council, which helped bring the film to Clitheroe and assisted production company Elysian Films during the 10-day shoot, has announced a series of activities on Tuesday, June 13th, to mark the film’s much-anticipated nationwide release.
Cast and crew, including the film’s director, writer and the young actors and dancers who play the boy band, will help Ribble Valley Mayor Mark Hindle unveil a huge gold star at Clitheroe Market, the scene of one of the film’s many spectacular song and dance numbers.
The gold star marks the start of a Clitheroe Greatest Days ‘selfie trail’ taking in some of the film’s locations, which will also be unveiled.
A series of Greatest Days Out visitor guides featuring some of Ribble Valley’s most popular beauty spots, walks, places to stay and award-winning food and drink, will also be launched.
And some of those who supported the filming, such as shops and volunteer stewards, will get the chance to see the film early at a cast and crew screening.
Greatest Days is based on the stage musical, The Band, about a group of women who reunite after 25 years to see their favourite band.
Described as ‘a feelgood universal story of love and friendship’, it introduces five schoolgirls – Rachel, Heather, Zoe, Claire and Debbie – who live in Clitheroe and have the night of their lives at a concert featuring their favourite boyband.
Twenty-five years later their lives have changed in a myriad of ways, as they reunite to reminisce about their past and discover their future.
The film is directed by multi-BAFTA-winning Coky Giedroyc (How to Build a Girl) and written by Tim Firth (The Band, Calendar Girls and Kinky Boots), both of whom will be returning to Clitheroe, along with producer Jane Hooks.
The film stars Aisling Bea (This Way Up, Hard Sun), winner of the 2020 BAFTA Television Craft Award for Breakthrough Talent, alongside Alice Lowe (Black Mirror, Sightseers), Jayde Adams (Serious Black Jumper, Alma’s Not Normal), Amaka Okafor (The Responder, The Split) and Marc Wootton (Nativity). And the film’s ‘boy band’ are Aaron Bryan, Dalvin Cory, Joshua Jung, Mark Samaras and Mervin Noronha, who will be coming to Clitheroe.
Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stephen Atkinson said: “I was delighted to attend the cast and crew screening of Greatest Days in London and can say that the film is fantastic.
“It received a standing ovation and I am honestly not surprised – it has laugh-out-loud moments, heart-breaking moments and some amazing song and dance numbers.
“Greatest Days will introduce Clitheroe to a global audience and our officers have been working on a series of initiatives to create a lasting legacy from it.”