Regent hosts Dorset premiere of new Judi Dench film

THE Regent Centre at Christchurch has the Dorset premiere of Dame Judi Dench’s eagerly anticipated new film, Victoria and Abdul, at a charity event for the Dorset Blind Association, on Monday 11th September at 7pm.

This is the second time the Dorset Blind Association has had a local premiere, thanks to the support of the charity’s patron, the BAFTA award winning director, Stephen Frears. Last year’s premiere was Florence Foster Jenkins, at the Bournemouth ABC Odeon.

His latest film, Victoria and Abdul, stars Dame Judi reprising her role as Queen Victoria  (she previously played her in Mrs Brown) and Ali Fazal as Abdul Karim, the young Indian clerk who comes to England to participate in the celebrations of the Queen’s diamond jubilee. The film follows the true story of this unlikely friendship as the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.

Stephen Frears has supported the Dorset Blind Association for many years because his son, actor Sam Frears, has a genetic disorder causing him to lose his sight and regularly attends Dorset Blind Association events and social activities, as these offer him opportunities which he cannot access in London.

Dorset Blind Association works across Dorset to help people who suffer serious sight loss to still lead active and healthy lives and all funds raised on the night will help maintain the charity’s community services.

Regent centre general manager Felicity Porter says: “We are really pleased to be supporting the Dorset Blind Association in hosting the Dorset premiere of Victoria and Abdul. We are honoured to be highlighting the work the charity does in supporting people across the area with sight loss.”

For tickets call the Regent on 01202 499199