12 October 2010
Sir Norman Wisdom’s last film role was in Expresso, a short film produced by Midlands based Martin Nigel Davey, which went on to be shown at 2007 Cannes film festival and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Set in a café, Sir Norman played a vicar who gets attacked by a fly. Producer Davey, who had to ask Sir Norman to come out of retirement to play the role, said: “It was an honour to work with him. Even then at 92 his ideas were great, he would do alternative endings for us and in between takes have a crew and press in stitches”.
Stephen Dourass, Area Fundraising Manager (Birmingham & Black Country) for Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“It was very sad to hear of the passing of Sir Norman last night. Looking back, it is ironic that his last film was Expresso, a short film that helped to raise money in association with Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in 2007. His final film scenes, shot in Birmingham, are still helping Macmillan to improve the lives of people living with cancer.”
To order a copy of Expresso (£5), please go to www.expressofilm.com – all profits from the film go to Macmillan Cancer Support, to help provide much needed support to people affected by cancer.
For further information, please contact:
Susie Richardson – PR Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support
Tel: 0207 840 7809 / 07801 307068
Stephen Dourass – Area Fundraising Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support
Tel: 0121 722 8385 / 07980 526667
For more information about EXPRESSO – The Short film:
Martin Nigel Davey
Tel: 07713 341 349
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.
For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0808 808 0000 for an information pack.