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Special film show for Sussex star of Les Miserables
3:10pm Thursday 10th January 2013 in News
Young actress Isabelle Allen is celebrating the first showing of Les Miserables in her home town with a special screening for more than 200 of her family, friends and schoolmates.
The ten-year-old star will be at Cineworld in Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne, tomorrow (January 11) for the mini-premiere.
There will be a special private viewing for the group but the cinema will also be showing the film on two of its six screens for members of the public.
Ironically, despite starring in the film, Isabelle has to watch it with an adult as it has a 12A rating.
This means children under that age need to be accompanied by an adult to watch the film.
The big screen adaptation of the hit musical, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway, has been nominated for eight Oscars and nine BAFTAs.
Both Jackman and Hathaway received nominations from the Academy Awards, which were announced today (January 10)
Collections will be held at the event in aid of the Chestnut Tree House near Arundel and St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne.
Isabelle was acting in a production of the Pied Piper of Hamlin at her school, Moira House in Eastbourne, when she was spotted.
She went on to audition and eventually won the role of the young Cosette in the film.
Her mother Elaine said: “I have been a parent at Moira House School in Eastbourne for many years and have always encouraged their support of Chestnut Tree House.
“Isabelle has been such a fortunate little girl recently and it makes me realise how lucky she is to have her health, something the children at Chestnut Tree House sadly don’t have.
“We have almost managed to fill the cinema on Friday and therefore hope that the public donate generously to the hospice.
“Everyone is looking forward to it.”
Isabelle, who is also performing in the stage version of Les Miserables in London, said: “I’m really looking forward to watching the film with my friends. It’s very exciting.”
Chestnut Tree House community fundraising manager Louise Collins said: “This event is a superb start to our 10th birthday year and a fantastic way of raising awareness of the hospice and what we do.
“It costs more than £2.5 million per year to provide our care services.
Families are not charged for their care and the hospice receives just 8% of funding from central government, so relies heavily on the generosity, help and support of the local community.”
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