Richard Curtis and Himesh Patel to host regional Yesterday screening

Richard Curtis and Himesh Patel will host a screening and Q&A of Latitude shot in East Anglia Credit

Richard Curtis and Himesh Patel will host a screening and Q&A of Latitude shot in East Anglia Credit: left image supplied by Festival Republic, right image Joe Giddens - PA Archive/PA Images - Credit: Archant

Acclaimed screenwriter Richard Curits and former EastEnders star Himesh Patel will come together to host a screening of Yesterday based on the music of The Beatles.

Ormiston Denes Academy students lined up for autographs from Danny Boyle during his visit last year

Ormiston Denes Academy students lined up for autographs from Danny Boyle during his visit last year ahead of filming at the Lowestoft high school. Picture: Ormiston Denes Academy - Credit: Archant

The film is directed by Danny Boyle, known for films such as Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionare and 127 Hours, and follows Jack Malik (Patel) who is a struggling singer-songwriter.

After a freak bus accident he wakes up to discover The Beatles never existed and becomes an overnight sensation performing songs by the iconic group.

The film will be shown at Latitude Festival 2019 in Henham Park, near Southwold, in the Music & Film Arena and will feature a Q&A after the screening.

Filming for Yesterday took place across East Anglia in 2018 with scenes filmed at last year's Latitude, Gorleston beach, Halesworth and Ormiston Denes Academy in Lowestoft featured as the school where actress Lily James, known for films including Darkest Hour and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, was a teacher and 70 students and members of staff were extras.

Konnie Huq Credit: Supplied by Festival Republic

Konnie Huq Credit: Supplied by Festival Republic - Credit: Archant

Screenwriter Richard Curtis, whose work includes Love Actually and Notting Hill, lives in Walberswick and fellow Suffolk resident Ed Sheeran, from Framlingham, also makes a cameo.


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Himesh Patel starred as Tamwar Masood in BBC soap EastEnders from 2007 to 2016 and is making his film debut as Jack.

Richard Curtis said: "Yesterday was written in Suffolk, set in Suffolk, and begins and ends at Latitude.

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I've rarely missed a Latitude since it first began, and so I'm overjoyed to be bringing it home for a special screening at the festival.

Deborah Frances-White who runs The Guilty Femisit Podcast Credit: Supplied by Festival Republic

Deborah Frances-White who runs The Guilty Femisit Podcast Credit: Supplied by Festival Republic - Credit: Archant

"I'm also very much looking forward to the Q&A session afterwards, as long as it doesn't mean people are missing something better while Himesh and I are chatting away."

Other acts have also been announced for the festival, which runs from July 18 to 19, including former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq with her new children's book Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World for an illustration session, Deborah Frances-White, who hosts The Guilty Feminist Podcast, and comedian London Hughes.

Other announcements are poet Wendy Cope, Latitude regular Mark Kermode with his new show How Does It Feel: A Life of Musical Misadventures and at Latitude's new podcast hub, The Listening Post, journalist, activist and writer Scarlett Curtis hosts Feminists Don't Wear Pink.

You can purchase tickets at latitudefestival.com and Yesterday is released in UK cinemas on June 28.

London Hughes Credit: Supplied by Festival Republic

London Hughes Credit: Supplied by Festival Republic - Credit: Archant

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