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Plaza to host charity launch event

Plaza to host charity launch event

by Tom Martin (September 2021)

THE team at the Plaza Cinema will hold a charity launch  event - which will feature a film screening and Q&A with its producer.

The Waterloo venue will welcome Peter Samuelson, who is the founder of the charity First Star Scholars UK, along with his dad Sir Sydney Samuelson CBE.

The charity, which was set up to help young people in care to improve their life chances through a university education, will be launched in the North West for the first time.

The event will include a premiere screening of ‘Foster Boy’ (15) produced by Peter.

Peter is based in Los Angeles, but is flying in for the occasion and will introduce the film as well as take part in a question and answer on the night.

‘Foster Boy’ is a courtroom drama focussed on the relationship between a white corporate lawyer representing Jamal, a traumatised teenager.

The story is based on the life experiences of four young people fostered in the America who were represented in court by Paul Deratany, a Chicago based lawyer, advocate for human rights and author of the screenplay.

Janet Dunn, Chair of Plaza Trustees said: “This is a highlight in the calendar of the cinema after all the turbulence of the lockdowns. We are so happy to be open again and welcome Sir Sydney and Peter Samuelson to the Plaza.

“Our relationship with Sir Sydney was formed during the community campaign to save the cinema. During the campaign I, and many others were so grateful to Sir Sydney, as British Film Commissioner, for using his influence to secure permission for the Plaza to screen Jurassic Park in 1997.

“Since then, Sir Sydney has remained a firm supporter and advocate of our community cinema. We are all so delighted to welcome our champion back to the Plaza.’

The event takes place on Wednesday, September 22 at 7pm. Admission to the event is free. Doors open at 6.30pm.

Seating is only available in the balcony.

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