Campaigners secure transatlantic interview with director

the forgotten kingdomThe Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign will be staging a live transatlantic interview with director Andrew Mudge following the screening of his new film, The Forgotten Kingdom, on the evening of August 27.

The Forgotten Kingdom is being screened at the David Lean Cinema in its week of release in the UK, a breakthrough for the campaign volunteers, the first time that has been possible since the cinema’s re-opening 18 months ago.

The first feature film to be shot in Lesotho, The Forgotten Kingdom is “a moving, magical tale of identity” (according to Hollywood Reporter).

The interview with Mudge, who is based in the United States, will take place using Skype, and will be chaired by Janet Smith.

Mudge is an American who fell in love with Lesotho when visiting his brother, who is a Peace Corps volunteer there. Mudge raised the finance for the movie himself and it is Lesotho’s only ever Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film submission.

Adrian Winchester, of the David Lean campaign group said, “We were already pleased to be able to screen The Forgotten Kingdom in the first week of its UK release, but this makes it a very prestigious occasion for us.”

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