Londoners create their very own film festival

Story by Jack Foley

The Diet Coke Movie Weekend - March 21 - 23, 2003

THE first ever festival of films created by Londoners for Londoners will take place at The Prince Charles Cinema in the run up to the Academy Awards, later this month.

The diet Coke Movie Weekend will run from March 21 - 23, 2003 and is set to open with a brand new Sing-a-Long-a version of a classic musical, as well as featuring 10 of London's favourite films. In addition, it will feature the first ever UK preview screenings of three recent US box office hits.

Diet Coke is staging the movie weekend as part of its involvement with film, which will also see it sponsoring West End movie premieres during 2003.

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 21 -
Sing Along a Annie (U), 7.30pm £10 all tickets
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (15), 11pm, £2.50/£3.50

Saturday, March 22 -
Ghost (12A), 9.15am, £2.50/£3.50
Bridget Jones' Diary (12A), 11.45am, £2.50/£3.50
Grease (PG), 2.20pm, £2.50/£3.50
Dirty Dancing (15), 4.40pm, £2.50/£3.50
A Guy Thing + (12A), 6.45pm, £2.50/£5
Just Married + (12A), 9pm, £2.50/£5
American Beauty (18), 11.10pm, £2.50/£3.50

Sunday, March 23 - It's A Wonderful Life (U), 11.15am, £2.50/£3.50
Breakfast at Tiffanys (PG), 1.40pm, £2.50/£3.50
Some Like it Hot (18), 4pm, £2.50/£3.50
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days + (12A), 6.30pm, £2.50/£5
Amelie (15), 9pm £2.50/£3.50

The movie weekend, organised by diet Coke, will take place at the most famous independent cinema in the country, The Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square.

All the films will be introduced by comperes, and previews will feature question and answer sessions with members of the film's production team or cast after the screening.

It is hoped that the heart-warming films will provide an antidote to the hustle, bustle and stress of everyday life.

Further information about the event can be found at www.princecharlescinema.com

Details of the film premieres:

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
- tells the story of a regular ladies man (Matthew McConaughey) who bets his friends that he can stay in a relationship for more than 10 days. Unluckily for him, the girl (Kate Hudson) that he picks tries to get rid of him almost immediately.

Just Married is the story of two young newlyweds, a traffic reporter (Ashton Kutchner) and a writer (Brittany Murphy), finding that the perfect honeymoon in Venice is fast becoming a nightmare. Can the marriage survive the celebration? Click here for a review of Just Married.

A Guy Thing
finds Paul (Jason Lee) waking up from his wild bachelor party and finding a beautiful woman (Julia Styles), who turns out to be his fiancee's cousin, asleep in his bed. Paul can't remember the night before, so naturally assumes the worst. Can Paul cover up his supposed infidelity - and was he even unfaithful at all?