30 September 2013
KayMellor, Gaynor Barnes and Kay’s daughter, actress Gaynor Faye, who starred in Fanny and Elvis.
Kay Mellor film night at historic Leeds cinema raises over £8,000 for Macmillan and NSPCC
Historic Cottage Road Cinema in Headingley was packed out for a sell-out charity film event with Leeds born and bred writer, director and actress Kay Mellor last night (Tuesday) which raised over £8,000 for the Macmillan and NSPCC charities.
Ticket holders and people hoping to get last-minute tickets queued along the streets of Headingley to get into the cinema, with a cinema sign showing the evening as a sell-out. Once inside the capacity audience was treated to a special night, which made £8,190 for the two charities.
Kay and event organisers Karen Duffield and Susan Preston were absolutely thrilled at the success of the evening and the generosity of everyone attending and helping out.
“Tickets sold out weeks before the event and we were absolutely delighted that it was such a great night offering something very special, raising money for two great causes,” says Karen.
The event raised over £4,000 through ticket sales and then there were the proceeds from a raffle and auction on the night.
“We are ecstatic at the evening’s success. We have had tremendous support in organising this event, from Kay, Cottage Road Cinema, the local Headingley restaurants and businesses, friends and family, and we have been bowled over by people’s kindness, generosity and willingness to help and get involved. It was a really heart-warming evening,” said Susan.
On the evening Cottage Road Cinema showed Kay Mellor’s feature film Fanny and Elvis, starring Ray Winstone and Kerry Fox. Kay, well known for her work on several successful and groundbreaking drama series’, including A Passionate Woman, Fat Friends, Band of Gold, and most recently The Syndicate, was present and took part in a question and answer session with television presenter Gaynor Barnes
“I was approached by a friend of mine, Karen Duffield, asking if I would be willing to show Fanny and Elvis at the Cottage Road Cinema and do a question and answer session,” says Kay.
She adds: “I’m passionate about Leeds and was keen to be part of such a wonderful event at my favourite cinema and the opportunity to help support these worthwhile charities. It was a truly memorable evening with a fantastic audience.”
This was a unique opportunity to see Fanny and Elvis and meet Kay Mellor at one of the oldest cinemas in the country: Cottage Road Cinema has been open and continuously showing films since 1912. The audience loved the film, with raucous laughter throughout.
Fanny and Elvis is a romantic comedy at the onset of the new millennium. When would-be author Kate Dickson finds out that she has a year left to get pregnant and her husband Rob has run off with one of his students, her biological clock starts ticking away like a time bomb. The search for a sperm donor who is intelligent, healthy and has the right look is the focus of the film. Kate is thrust into the world of sperm counts, ovulation and IVF. Relationships, sex and fertility in a new millennium are at the heart of this exciting film from the pen of BAFTA-awarded writer Kay.
Karen says: “Kay is a tremendous advocate for Leeds and Cottage Road is a historic cinema that deserves special recognition too. I thought it would be a great idea to bring the two together and raise money for two great charities. I have personally seen the amazing work of these two charities and know how important it is that funds are raised to support and allow the continuation and development of all the fabulous work they do.”
Three great Headingley restaurants, all within walking distance of Cottage Road Cinema, provided pre-cinema dining from 6pm on the evening of the film showing. These were Salvo’s, Giorgio’s and The Olive Tree, which were all packed.
Pictures show last night’s event, with people queuing outside the cinema, the sell-out evening advertised on the cinema board and Kay, Gaynor Barnes and Kay’s daughter, actress Gaynor Faye, who starred in Fanny and Elvis.