Great Yarmouth shoppers to come face to face with Hollywood screen stars

Students at Great Yarmouth College making seaside cutout boards which will be dotted around town dur

Students at Great Yarmouth College making seaside cutout boards which will be dotted around town during arts festival for people to pose with.They feature scenes from Hollywood film legend Jack Cardiff films.Jake Robinson working on his board from Rambo First Blood Part 2.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

Wander through the streets of Great Yarmouth in the next few weeks and prepare to come face-to-face with some famous Hollywood stars.

Beamed to the silver screen via the legendary lens of double-Oscar-winning cameraman Jack Cardiff, the movie icons now play leading roles in a seaside trail.

The series of end-of-pier style cut-outs are among attractions helping to mark the centenary of Cardiff's birth in the town, and his dazzling contribution to cinema as part of the third Great Yarmouth Arts Festival.

Other events include an exhibition of memorabilia and free screenings of some of his classics including The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus and A Matter of Life or Death.

The centenary celebrations co-ordinated by Creative Collisions Youth Arts Network have been made possible by a £7,000 Heritage Lottery Award. Cut-outs can be found at the Town Hall, Hollywood Cinema, Time and Tide Museum, St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth Library, Joyland Diner, Yarmouth Minster, Priory Centre, Market Gates, Palmers department store and the Lady Haven Pub in Cobholm.

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A trail map will guide visitors to the cut-outs where they can poke faces through the holes and pose as famous Hollywood actors such as Marilyn Monroe in The Prince and the Showgirl or Sylvester Stallone in Rambo.

Trail maps can be picked up from any of the venues along the way.

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A special centenary exhibition, including Cardiff's own photographs of famous stars, will be held close to his birthplace at the refurbished St George's Theatre. Free daily screenings of Cardiff's films will help to establish a film club in the town and film students will receive interview training at BBC Voices before interviewing members of Jack Cardiff's family.

They will also create short films with film director Guy Myhill using vintage Super 8 cameras. Meanwhile photography students will take part in black and white portrait photography masterclasses for a second exhibition at the Time and Tide Museum in September.

Sharing Heritage is a new funding programme to help people across the UK explore, conserve and share all aspects of the history and character of their local area.

Network chair Tricia Hall said: 'It's great that we have been awarded this grant. Great Yarmouth has an incredible seaside and entertainment heritage and we know there's so much more for younger generations to discover. Jack Cardiff was the most important cameraman of the 20th century and we are all really excited about sharing the things we have found out about him and his work.'

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival runs for 10 days from Friday June 6.

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