Beast of Bolsover film to be screened in Brighton

Posted On 23 Sep 2017 at 6:47 am

A film about the Beast of Bolsover – long-serving Labour MP Dennis Skinner – is to be screened in Brighton during the party’s annual conference.

“Dennis Skinner – The Nature of the Beast” is an independently made documentary about the 85-year-old MP for the Derbyshire constituency of Bolsover.

  

It will be showing at the Odeon, in West Street, Brighton, alongside the likes of Victoria and Abdul, Borg McEnroe, Dunkirk, Churchill and Despicable Me 3 on Tuesday (26 September) at 7.30pm.

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Afterwards Mr Skinner – a former coal miner who has served as an MP for 47 years – will answer questions from the audience.

The documentary took two years to make with most of its £24,500 budget having been crowdfunded to cover the cost of using archive footage.

After a film festival premiere in June it was given a general release just two weeks ago.

Described as a gentle portrait of the Commons curmudgeon, the film was directed and written by Daniel Draper and produced by Mr Draper and Christie Allanson.

Wikipedia said: “Nature of the Beast roots Skinner in his elements: the confined chamber of the House of Commons, the great outdoors of the Derbyshire countryside, and the home from home of London parks, where he walks every day between parliamentary sessions.

“It looks at what lies behind his passion and drive and tracks his rise from miner and local councillor to becoming one of the Britain’s best-known MPs.”

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