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Movie to have its premiere at museum event

Paul Cook, co-director of the movie.
Paul Cook, co-director of the movie.

A movie co-directed by a Suffolk filmmaker is to have its premiere at a special World War Two-themed event at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.

The film, Magpie, will be shown at United! an evening of 1940s-based entertainment being staged in two hangars at the former RAF base on Saturday, September 29.

Film-co-director Paul Cook, who was ‘born and bred’ in Bury St Edmunds, said: “The idea for the film came from the history of World War Two, particularly the way in which a lot of Americans came here, air bases sprung out of nowhere, it totally changed the history of the region.

“It came from a real interest in that.”

In the film we meet Lily, who sees her usually attentive husband, George, devastated by his experiences on the front line.

Amidst the fast-paced ‘friendly invasion’ of the US Eighth Air Force, Lily finds comfort in the companionship of Charlie, an American serviceman stationed nearby. Her feelings for both lead us on a journey of love, loss, fear and friendship.

Although the film will not go to cinema, Paul is hoping to have the film shown on UK and US television and available through Netflix and Amazon.

United! which events company House of Cambridge promises will be a night of entertainment including 1940s cocktails, pin-ups, delicious food from the Grill Sergeant, two live bands and reenactors, starts at 7pm and runs until midnight with VIP tickets available.

Tickets for the premiere cost £34.25, including a booking fee, and can be bought at houseofcambridge.ticketlight.co.uk

To see the trailer for the film, go to vimeo.com/281796827 or for more information, visit

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