Wish You Were Here returns to Worthing to celebrate twenty fifth anniversary

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Twenty-five years after it was filmed in Worthing, award-winning rites of passage movie Wish You Were Here is gaining a special screening in the town.

The Dome, which was used for part of its backdrop, will be fittingly showing Emily Lloyd’s debut screen venture next Wednesday to mark its anniversary.

Set in the 1950s, it was considered controversial on its release for being loosely based on the teenage life of Bognor Regis madam Cynthia Payne.

The movie quickly gave its 16-year-old leading character, who is the daughter of Only Fools and Horses’ Roger Lloyd Pack, star status.

She went on to feature in a number of high-profile movies including alongside Robert Redford in A River Runs Through It, before becoming increasingly troubled by health issues in recent years.

General manager of the Dome, Sue Dadak, believed there would be plenty of interest in the cult movie, which claimed a BAFTA award in 1988.

She said: “The Dome is the iconic building in Worthing, and it is, therefore, only fitting The Dome Cinema is to screen Wish You Were Here on its 25th anniversary in the cinema in which it was filmed.

“Back on the big screen once again, the audience will see the full glory of the brass work and wood panelling of the foyer leading up to the stunning Titanic staircase, and glimpse some of the nooks and crannies of this wonderful building.

“Not only is it the silver-screen showing on Wednesday, August 29, at 11am, but we are also having an extra evening performance at 8.30pm.”

Stefan Sykes of Worthing Film Club also welcomed the return of the movie.

He said: “It is fantastic they are showing this movie again as it’s a great film. I’m really pleased people recognise it was based in Worthing, as well as being filmed in Bognor Regis.

“We are always being asked to screen this film, as it features some famous sites, including the raised esplanade near the Dome, as well as the cinema itself – the upper floor was used as a bedroom for the film. The shop where Emily Lloyd’s character works is now Green Cuisine in Rowlands Road.”

n To book tickets for next Wednesday’s screening, visit www.domeonline.co.uk