With­nail at Monty’s gaff

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Fancy a trip to a “hor­ri­ble lit­tle shack” in a re­mote part of Cum­bria? It sounds like the sort of the thing that might be free to those who can af­ford it and very ex­pen­sive to those that can’t. Leave me alone. I’m sit­ting down to en­joy my hol­i­day. Okay, we’ll stop quot­ing With­nail and I like a gang of stoned students.

It has been an­nounced that Sled­dale Hall, the struc­ture that dou­bled for Un­cle Monty’s cottage, is to host two screen­ings of Bruce Robin­son’s ir­re­sistible 1987 com­edy. At one stage, there were plans to turn Sled­dale Hall into a hos­tel themed around the film. That proved too costly and the prop­erty passed to Tim El­lis, an ar­chi­tect. Mr El­lis plans to ren­o­vate the build­ing as a fam­ily home.

But next month, the Hall’s court­yard will be the venue for the screen­ings and evenings of live mu­sic. A spokesper­son for Pic­nic Cinema, a body ded­i­cated to un­veil­ing cinema in ex­otic lo­ca­tions, told the Guardian: “This event is camp­ing only. We wish to re­spect and pro­tect the farmer’s land and livestock.” Of course he’s the fuck­ing farmer. Stop say­ing that! And so on. pic­nic­cin­ema.co.uk

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