A charity screening with David Tennant, Rosamund Pike and Billy Connelly
PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 November 2014
Film producer Dan Winch is bringing his Brit blockbuster to Strode, discovers GEMMA CLAPP.
Somerset man Dan Winch is no stranger to the limelight, even though he may not stand in it himself. As a film and TV producer he often rubs shoulders with some of Britain’s best-loved actors, and his latest project, What We Did On Our Holiday, is no different.
Starring David Tennant, Rosamund Pike and Billy Connelly to name just a few, the British comedy was a huge Box Office hit after its release in September. And now it’s coming to Somerset for a charity screening at Strode Theatre.
“During the year I was working on this film, my mum was diagnosed with Myeloma cancer,” Dan explains. “It was the most shocking and emotional experience for Mum - well, for all of us.
“Over the course of Mum’s amazing treatment, which involved a stem cell transplant at Kings College Hospital, I’ve learned an incredible amount about how cancer is treated. Above all, I’ve come to appreciate just how valuable the work of organisations such as Myeloma UK is.”
The screening is a heartfelt token of thanks and appreciation from Dan to Myeloma UK, which supported Dan’s family throughout the treatment.
“We’re showing it at Strode Theatre because it has long been my parents’ cinema venue of choice. Growing up in Somerset, we had a great deal of involvement with the college and I admire the work of Liz Lyshon, Strode Theatre’s manager, for ensuring this wonderful local arts base remains a thriving one.
“I have Mum and Dad to thank for everything I have achieved in my career and my life to date. I feel so incredibly lucky to have such wonderful parents. It’s fitting that I’ll be able to thank them in the company of many friends and fellow supporters of Strode.”
The money raised at the charity screening, which takes place on 2 November, will go towards the on-going research that Myeloma UK supports. However, the main aim is to raise awareness for the charity and of Myeloma cancer itself.
“Through Mum’s treatment I’ve come to understand a little of how specialised the treatment for Myeloma is,” Dan says. “Anything I can do to help raise awareness is amazing.”
For those of you that don’t know, Myeloma is a bone marrow cancer for which there is currently no cure, but there are many very effective treatments. Dan’s mum, Carol, is currently in remission thanks to the expert care and support of Myeloma UK.
“Myeloma UK receives no Government or NHS funding, so relies on the support of people like Dan to be able to fund their groundbreaking research and provide patients and their families with the information and services they need,” explains Myeloma UK Chief Executive, Eric Low OBE. “We are truly grateful for Dan’s commitment to our work helping patients live longer, better lives.”
What We Did On Our Holiday
The latest all-British blockbuster, which comes from the creators of hit TV series Outnumbered, is a heart-warming and uplifting comedy, telling the story of an ordinary family trying to survive in extraordinary circumstances.
“This is the funniest script that has come out of the UK in years,” says Independent Film Sales’ Andrew Orr. “It’s both edgy and commercial and will appeal to anyone who has ever felt like laughing and crying during a tense family gathering.”
What We Did On Our Holiday is out in cinemas now.
To find out more about the screening and for tickets, visit strodetheatre.org.uk. If you would like to learn more about Myeloma and Myeloma UK, head to myeloma.org.uk.