Last night audiences up and down the UK had the opportunity to see CHARIOTS OF FIRE on the big screen as Twentieth Century Fox, in association with The Sun, BT and supported by the BFI, hosted their glittering UK premieres of the re-mastered version of this Great British movie, as part of the London 2012 Festival.
For the first time in a generation, the Olympic classic will be re-released into cinemas this coming Friday – July 13th – just 2 weeks ahead of the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
London’s Leicester Square premiere was attended by the film’s director Hugh Hudson, cast members Ben Cross, Nigel Havers and Alice Krige, legendary composer Vangelis and a plethora of Great Britain’s finest sportsmen including Dame Kelly Holmes, Roger Black, Duncan Goodhew MBE and Daley Thompson.
At the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, producer Lord Puttnam introduced the film whilst a number of other regional events took place up in cities up and down the country including Birmingham, Newcastle, Cardiff, Belfast and Manchester.
“Chariots of Fire is about guts, determination and belief.” commented Lord Puttnam, upon announcing the release earlier this year, “Just as the film succeeded in raising spirits and aspirations thirty years ago, I believe it could deliver exactly the same message today. At the heart of the film is the quest for Olympic glory, and I find hard to imagine anything more likely to resonate throughout the country this summer.”
Director Hugh Hudson added: “May the energy, the Liddell spirit and the simple joy of running that exist in Chariots of Fire inspire performers and spectators alike in this London Olympic year.”
Based on a true story, CHARIOTS OF FIRE was originally released in 1981 and was the winner of four Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, in addition to receiving nominations for three more.
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