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Reel People Film Society screening

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

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Based on the private journals of Margaret Lynch Suckley, a distant relative of Franklin D Roosevelt, Roger Michell's misfiring comedy recalls an important meeting between American and British heads of state on the eve of the Second World War.

This is highly-charged period in history should provide a vibrant backdrop to Hyde Park On Hudson, as two nations prepared for a protracted conflict with Germany.

Instead, Michell's film largely ignores impending doom to focus on relationships at the New York country estate where Roosevelt prepared to welcome King George VI and his wife, Elizabeth.

It was the first trip across the Atlantic by a reigning British monarch and the eyes of the world were fixed on Hudson Valley in the summer of 1939.

Hyde Park On Hudson boasts a splendid cast including Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Samuel West and Olivia Colman.

It will be screened tomorrow at The Prospect Theatre, Writhlington School, from 7pm, by Reel People Film Society.

Guest tickets are available for £5.

Book online at www.reelpeople.org.uk or call 01761 418749.

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