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Tickets on sale now for special film screening and Q&A with NSPCC Ambassador

LIVERPOOL is hosting a special film screening and Q&A session with NSPCC supporter, ambassador and former trustee David Tait. Tickets are on sale now for the 1 night only screening of the brutally honest and gritty, but inspiring Sulphur and White, at Everyman Liverpool on Thursday, 12 March 2020, from 8pm. The film tells a story of child sexual abuse, and the impact it has on David's life. The film's stars include:- Mark Stanley, Emily Beecham, Dougray Scott and Anna Friel.

David Tait MBE said:- "When I was 10 I was abused by a group of men. It took a lot of time for me to come to terms with it and make it public, now my goal is to destigmatise sexual abuse. I'm convinced by removing the stigma people will cope with the problem better than in the past. Sulphur and White does 3 things, teach the world what sexual abuse actually is, show the collateral damage that someone is capable of doing and that there is redemption and a future. Now we have NSPCC and Childline; we have an alternative. Hopefully it can encourage people with a hidden past to talk about their own problems and wear them on their sleeve. The film will give an awful lot of people comfort going forward."

David Tait has been a long term advocate and supporter of the NSPCC, raising over ₤1.5 million for the charity by climbing Mount Everest five times. He was awarded an MBE in 2010 by The Queen for his services to children. He continues to be a significant figure at the charity, speaking personally about his experiences to raise awareness and champion the work of the NSPCC at events the length and breadth of the UK. Some of the proceeds from the film will be generously donated to the NSPCC to help their fight for every childhood.

Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of NSPCC said:- "It is so important that people feel that if they speak out they will be listened to and believed, however much time has passed since the abuse happened. We hope that David's story will give people the courage to do so, and that they will receive the support they need. We are also extremely grateful for David's incredible support and fundraising feats for the charity, which relies on donors for 90% of its funds."

Mark Stanley, who plays David on screen, said:- "I hope that people watching Sulphur and White will gain some of the insight and understanding that I got from playing this part about the profound impact of child sexual abuse."

Sulphur and White was directed by BAFTA and Emmy Award nominee Julian Jarrold and written by Susie Farrell. The film was produced by Modern Films in partnership with AMG International Films, EMU Films and Altitude Film Distribution.

Sulphur and White opened in UK cinemas on 6 March 2020 and now it is in Vue Cinemas around the UK until 13 March 2020 and in Everyman Cinemas until 23 March 2020.

Quiz the press regulator IMPRESS:- 'Fake news - Who can we trust?'


ON Wednesday, 11 March 2020, the UK Press Regulator IMPRESS will be at an event with, at the Southport Bijou Cinema, on Post Office Ave, Southport. The event starts at 7:30pm with doors opening at 6:30pm. The event will be your chance to find out more about the regulator and also learn how to spot fake news and what to do if the press get something wrong. Plus you can quiz them in the Q&A session. Then the event ends with the screening of the 1976 Watergate classic:- 'All the President's Men.' Tickets are ₤5 and can be obtained online via the Bijou Cinema's website. Please note that the film is age rated 15.

Don't miss the Southport Astronomical Society's Space Quizs

THE next meeting of Southport Astronomical Society takes place on Thursday, 19 March 2020, when the society's very own Bob Mount will be hosting a fun Astro Quiz. You'll be amazed at what you already know and by the new facts you'll discover! If you want to have a go (or even if you don't but want to watch) the quiz begins at 7.30 pm, at Scarisbrick Bowling Club, 1a Falkland Road, Southport. PR8 6LG. Refreshments can be purchased at the bar.  New members are always welcome. The Society will be hosting its 1st open day of the year, at Hesketh Park Observatory on Sunday, 29 March 2020, from 1030am until 4pm. Come along and find out about this masterpiece of Victorian engineering and the people who used the telescope. Entry is free. There are steep steps to get into the observatory. For more information visit the club's  website.

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