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Last Updated: Saturday, 1 September 2007, 14:28 GMT 15:28 UK
Cinema-goers go back to the 1940s
Atonement film set at Redcar
The seafront was transformed into Dunkirk
Cinema-goers will get a taste of what life was like in the 1940s before the premiere of a wartime film on Teesside.

Redcar seafront was turned into 1940s wartime Dunkirk last summer for the filming of scenes from Atonement, a 36m adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel.

It will get its regional premiere of the film on 5 September at the Regent Cinema, on the Esplanade in Redcar.

Before the showing, audiences will be treated to a tea dance with trestle tables, bunting and 1940s music.

Hartlepool Military Heritage Memorial Society will also set up a replica war camp on the Esplanade complete with field kitchen, mortars, sandbanks and ammunition, including rifles.

Big-Band style live music will be provided by Musician Unlimited, a 12-piece ensemble and vocalist.

The film, which goes on general release on 7 September, stars Keira Knightly and James McAvoy.


Redcar's beach was transformed to depict the evacuation of Dunkirk during filming.

The nature reserve and Corus steelworks also feature in the movie.

Tom Harvey, chief executive of Northern Film and Media, said: "The entire experience of Atonement has been fantastic for Redcar and Cleveland.

"Securing the regional premiere is a great way to celebrate the release of the film, but the event is also a celebration of the hard work and commitment of the local authority and community who pulled out all of the stops to help make this happen in this region."

During filming the facade of bombed-out buildings was constructed to create the illusion of war-ravaged France.


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