Pullman’s pal Stephen set for Lauder screening

Lauder film club members from left, Amanda Cunningham, Adrienne macneil and lara Armitage.
Lauder film club members from left, Amanda Cunningham, Adrienne macneil and lara Armitage.
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A LAUDER-BASED author will present the film he adapted for cinema audiences to his fellow townsfolk tomorrow night.

Stephen Potts will introduce The Butterfly Tattoo at Lauder Trading Post’s film and supper club.

Norwich-born Stephen was commissioned by a Dutch independent production company to adapt Philip Pullman’s 1992 novel – previously published as The White Mercedes, into a feature film, which went on general release in 2009.

Stephen said: “I’ve been writing screenplays for years, but this was the first to get produced.

“The process began when I responded to a post on a screenwriters’ website, along with many others, and came through a rigorous selection process which ended up with me sitting alongside Philip Pullman at the cast and crew premiere at BAFTA. It was some journey.”

Known for his historical adventure novels aimed at young readers, Stephen has since had two more of his screenplays optioned.

Stephen has introduced screenings at the first two film and supper club evenings of the co-operative group in Lauder Public Hall, entertaining audience members with quirky facts and background stories about Whiskey Galore! and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. “I’m delighted to support the film and supper club and Lauder Trading Post’s other ventures,” said Stephen.

“In a short space of time, they have turned the Lauder Public Hall into the vibrant hub of a thriving community.”

Lauder Trading Post (LTP) was set up less than a year ago by a committee of eight local crafters.

Initially, they clubbed together, simply hoping to set up a co-operatively run, market-style shop.

“But over the next nine months, that vision continued to grow in scope, with the group striving to offer a comprehensive programme of modern and traditional crafts, accessible to all,” said LTP secretary Lara Armitage.

The group was featured on BBC Radio Scotland last weekend.

Lara added: “Recently, members have taken over as caretakers for the Lauder Public Hall.

“LTP leases the old meeting room in the hall separately to their role as caretakers in order to provide a space for all core members to showcase their wares.

“Five per cent of all members’ sales is given toward the running of the workshop programme and general administration of the group.

“LTP aims to tie-in with as many locally-based community groups as possible.

“We are already heavily involved with the Lauder Community Council in preparation for the Jubilee celebrations in June and are also teaming up with Treading the Borders theatre company for a day-long mask and costume-making workshop and ensuing dinner and theatre evening in September.”

Doors open for the screening of The Butterfly Tattoo at 7.30pm, with the film beginning at around 8pm. Stephen will also take questions after the screening.

Dinner will be served – steak and ale pie or Moroccan chick pea curry plus apple tart and a glass of beer – with all-inclusive ticket £10 for non-members of LTP or £7.50 for members and OAPs. Briefs are available on the door on the night.

After covering costs, all proceeds will be fed directly back into funding Lauder Trading Post’s workshop programme.