Naughton classic hits the big screen
A NEW adaptation of All In Good Time, by Bolton’s best-loved playwright Bill Naughton, has had its big-screen debut.
The film was screened at the Glasgow Film Festival and tells the story of a young newlywed couple, Atul and Vina, for whom married life is proving far from straightforward.
The couple are forced to set up home with Atul’s parents, and find it difficult to consummate their marriage with his family around.
The film is based on Ayub Khan-Din’s adaptation of the story, Rafta Rafta, which made its debut at the National Theatre in 2007, and was produced at the Octagon in 2010. It was partly filmed on the streets of Deane, around Spa Road.
Trailer for Rafta Rafta at the National Theatre
Bill’s widow, Erna Naughton, said: “I think it’s wonderful — it means people still have great affection for Bill’s writing. It all seems like such a long time ago, but I remember the excitement the first time All In Good Time was on stage.
“We sat at the back because Bill didn’t want any attention, but people cheered and called for the author so he had to go down and stand on the sage. It was a lovely, happy production. ”
Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “Some scenes were filmed here which is very fitting as the film is based on a work by Bolton’s most famous playwright. It will be very exciting to see Bolton on the big screen, in what is bound to be a major box office hit.
“We welcome film makers and always try to accommodate their requests. Bolton is a really popular location for filming and we work very hard with location managers to facilitate filming requests, which has helped to attract lots of productions to the region. Filming puts the borough on the map, is interesting for local people, and also brings economic benefits.”
The film will be out on general release in May.