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The magic of the movies

A new British comedy film will be getting its first showing in East London when it is screened at a charity gala premier at a cinema in Romford.
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"The Magic Pills of Petts Wood" is the brainchild of Steve Truby, the owner of a minicab business based in Kent. He's the director and producer of a film that critics have described as old style British humour.

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"If you liked Only Fools and Horses or the Carry On films you'll love this" says Steve.

Profits from the screening at the Premiere Cinema in the Mercury Mall in Romford on Sunday 28th February will go to local charity Saint Francis Hospice after Gary Grant from Hornchurch, a Director of Starstruck Autographs, became involved with the production and sponsored the screening. Starstruck Autographs are just one of many local businesses that are members of the Saint Francis Hospice Business Alliance Group that was founded by local businessman and sport promoter Barry Hearn to help raise £100,000 for the hospice.

The feature length comedy film stars 80s TV exercise coach Derrick Evans, better known as 'Mr Motivator', Ewen MacIntosh, best known for playing the huge, deadpan accountant Keith in the TV comedy series The Office, and Eddie Webber, who has appeared in a number of British gangster movies and the long-running TV drama The Bill.

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"I funded the production and all the actors took part on a charity rate of expenses only. We filmed mostly in Kent between February and September last year and I'm hoping the release goes well enough to help fund a follow up film" said Steve who plays the lead character of a likeable ducker and diver who owes a local villain money. Steve's character decides to try and get rich quick and pay off his debt by selling some dodgy slimming tablets. Joining him in his adventures are Kerry Hurst from South Ockendon (on the right in the picture) who plays one of the richest ladies in Petts Wood with a questionable past, and Steve Slade, a former professional footballer who played in the Premiership for Spurs, who now lives in Chingford.

The special screening of The Magic Pills of Petts Wood will be at the Premiere Cinema in the Mercury Mall Romford at 1.30pm on Sunday 28th February. Among those who have confirmed they are attending are Kevin Mitchell, the Romford-born former Commonwealth and British super-featherweight boxing champion and Elizabeth Cann, a former English badminton champion and Commonwealth Games medal-winning athlete. To book tickets for the special screening go to www.themagicpills.film or call in at the Premier Cinema.

Mary-Anne Donovan, Corporate Partnership Executive at Saint Francis Hospice said: "We are so grateful to Steve, Gary and everyone involved with this film production for choosing to use it to help raise money for our hospice. We hope that the screening in Romford is a huge success and that the film gets the wider distribution it deserves!" 

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Some of the cast of "The Magic Pills of Petts Wood" outside the Premiere Cinema in Romford. From L to R: Steve Truby, Kerry Hurst, Slade, Carl T. James, Steve Slade, Marion Keogh and Gary Grant.

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 Gary Grant, Steve Truby and Kerry Hurst are interviewed live on Time FM by Mark Dover on Thursday 28th January. 

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Still from the film with Steve Truby, centre.