Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Launching a Spectacular Showing of a Cult Movie

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Launching a Spectacular Showing of a Cult Movie

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Byline: By Gordon Barr

Hit movie, The Matrix, comes to life at a former North East shipyard this weekend.

The disused Pallion Shipyard, in Sunderland, will play host to two special screenings of the Keanu Reeves blockbuster.

Stella Artois Screen is bringing the classic to the region tomorrow and Saturday for the exclusive screenings.

The River Wear has been steeped in shipbuilding for centuries and Sunderland was renowned as one of the biggest ship-building towns in the world.

"The Pallion Shipyard is one of the last great yards on Wearside with its huge cavernous interior a testament to the proud and great ships that used to be constructed here," says a spokesman for the screening.

"Fans of The Matrix will enjoy a unique experience of this modern sci-fi masterpiece set within the rusted walls of this abandoned shipyard, reminiscent of the desolate Zion portrayed in the film.

"A landmark in modern sci-fi cinema, The Matrix is both a stunning exercise in visual style and a dense, intelligent, thought-provoking contemporary allegory about mind control and the limits of reality. …

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