Cinema spotlight turns on barman

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Six blokes. Twelve wheels. Five saddles. Believe it or not, this combination could prove to be the big break for York barman and film-maker Chris...

Six blokes. Twelve wheels. Five saddles. Believe it or not, this combination could prove to be the big break for York barman and film-maker Chris Brooke.

The barman documented the journey of six men ­ his boss, licensee Jim Hardy, and five regulars ­ as they made an epic journey cycling from Edinburgh to York. The trip proved to be a great laugh for the daring group. But they received a surprise when they found out that local TV show Look North also saw the funny side ­ so much so that they broadcast two minutes of the comedy.

The response has been so good that Brooke is holding a grand premiere of the 55-minute film, entitled Ales Angels, the Movie, at the City Screen in York. There will be two showings, at 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

"It should be quite a night," said Hardy, Punch Taverns lessee of the Blue Bell. "Hopefully this time it will give him a bit of a break."

The host, whose pub was named Morning Advertiser Fundraising Pub of the Year in 2003, said proceeds from the evening would go to children's charities in York.

Copies of the film have been whisked away to none other than Steven Spielberg. Snifter has his fingers crossed, Chris.

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