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Outdoor Withnail screening no mistake

June 16, 2013


A NORTH arts group is to screen a 1980s cult film at the real- life location.

Uncle Monty's country bolthole, from the hit movie Withnail and I, was actually Crow Crag, at Sleddale Hall, near Shap in Cumbria.

The film saw alcoholic luvvie Withnail and his uptight best friend Marwood go on holiday "by mistake" to the ramshackle cottage on the edge of the Lake District. And now, the country house will become the ultimate open-air cinema where fans can gather to watch perhaps the most quotable of cult films.

Cumbrian arts group Eden Arts will organise the screening, with all proceeds going to charity.

It is part art of the group's Picnic Cinema season, which will also feature showings of classic films at their real-life locations including Keswick's Pencil Museum (Sightseers), Grizedale and Hamsterley forests (28 Days Later), Muncaster Castle (Bram Stoker's Dracula), and Gisburn Forest (Apocalypse Now).

The Withnail and I showing will include camping, a free barbecue and a themed quiz prior to watching the cult classic.

Proceeds will go to Remote, a scheme to enable villages in the district to stage cinema events in their village halls.

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