Author Anne Perry, whose real life story inspired the film Heavenly Creatures, will be in Torbay on April 4 for the Torbay Festival of Crime Writers, Sleuths! (From D+CFilm)
Anne, who is a best selling author, was convicted of murder in 1954 for assisting in the killing of her friend Pauline Parker’s mother. The story was make into an Oscar nominated film in 1994 by Peter Jackson. The character based on her was played by Kate Winslet in the film.
Another film on show during the crime writer’s festival, is the silent retelling of the tale of The Man They Could Not Hang, John ‘Babbacombe’ Lee.
The film, which will be on loan from the British Film Institute, will be shown at St Anne’s Hall, with a pianist to provide the soundtrack.
Matthew Clarke, Sleuths! committee chairman, said: “This film hasn’t been seen publicly for decades. It’s a real coup for us to get it, and how appropriate that it’s being shown in Babbacombe.
“It’s great to be at the birth of a new festival — one that will be an annual event. It comes after the success of the annual Agatha Christie Festival, which is a big draw for Torbay.
“It’s good to see all these different people coming together to create such an exciting new development in Torbay’s cultural calendar.
“One thing about the Bay is we’re very lucky to have all the venues we have got. It’s a natural location for a festival, one that reflects our very rich cultural heritage.”
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