Maxine Peake's new film premieres at 'pop-up' cinema
Maxine Peake playing Charlotte in a scene from “Keeping Rosy” with Blake Harrison and Christine Bottomley
BOLTON actress Maxine Peake’s new film has opened at a “pop-up” cinema — on the top floor of a Manchester city centre office block.
The former Westhoughton High School pupil’s latest project, “Keeping Rosy”, was premiered on Thursday night in 55 Portland Street.
And it has now opened to the public for a four- week run as an “immersive” cinema experience.
The psychological thriller sees the 39-year-old take the role of Charlotte, a career- driven high flyer in London whose world collapses around her when she loses her job, and a series of events leave her on the brink.
It was certainly not your average night at the pictures as we were whisked to the top floor and then watched the film with headphones instead of traditional stereo sound.
Speaking at Thursday’s premiere, which attracted Elbow frontman Guy Garvey, former drummer in The Smiths, Mike Joyce, and BBC 6 Music DJ Stuart Maconie, Maxine said the idea was to make it an experience rather than just a film.
She added: “It is a night out, that is what we are trying to create. When you come to see it you’re not just sitting down and watching a film. It is an immersive experience. It’s a great film. It’s gripping, it’s exciting and there are unexpected twists and turns.”
The film also features Blake Harrison, who played Neil in The Inbetweeners. He takes on the role of a security guard who threatens to uncover Charlotte’s web of problems.
Rochdale born Christine Bottomley, who plays Charlotte’s sister, travels from the family home in the North to help out her sibling.
Maxine says she does not have much in common with self-centred Charlotte, but added: “I hope people go with her. Anybody’s life can change on a sixpence in events like that, which are slightly out of control.”
The film sees Maxine make a foray into the thriller genre, after starring in hard-hitting series The Village and legal drama Silk, which ended in March.
The film gets a UK-wide release on July 15 at selected cinemas, with the film running in Manchester until July 6.
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