Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Look Who's Celebrating Film

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Look Who's Celebrating Film

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Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter

THE WHO star Roger Daltrey is to have a starring role in this year's Whitley Bay Film Festival, it has been revealed.

News that the Pinball Wizard himself will headline a special summer event is a huge coup for the annual festival, which has grown steadily from niche origins into an allround crowd-pleaser. "We were bowled over when we heard he was coming," said festival organiser Ema Lea.

"It's fantastic, especially for a community film festival. I don't know if he knows what to expect!" It was festival patron Ian La Frenais, the LA-based but homegrown talent who co-created TV classics The Likely Lads and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, who invited the charismatic frontman of what's considered one of England's greatest ever rock bands.

But Daltrey took little persuading and both men will be at the Playhouse, Whitley Bay, on August 1 for one of the festival's one-off events leading up to its August 21 to September 6 main event.

Tickets will go on sale on Thursday.

The event will include a screening of The Who's cult rock opera film Tommy to celebrate its 40th anniversary and a question-and-answer session with Daltrey hosted by local media historian Chris Phipps.

Ema said: "We thought we'd do Tommy with it being the 40th anniversary this year of the film and we thought it would be good to get him along.

"Ian La Frenais, who had worked with him before, emailed and invited him, which was lovely, and he agreed pretty much straight away.

"He suggested a few dates and Ian wanted to do it when he could be there too and they fairly quickly decided.

"It was surprisingly straightforward."

In what promises to be a sell-out night, Chris Phipps plans to ask Daltrey a question he posed many years ago when the pair met during his early days. …

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