Hol­ly­wood direc­tor an­nounces project to hon­our fallen

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

Os­car-win­ning Hol­ly­wood film direc­tor Danny Boyle has vis­ited Kent to an­nounce a new project.

The Trainspot­ting direc­tor, pro­ducer and the­atre direc­tor was in Folke­stone on Fri­day to an­nounce the scheme in part­ner­ship with the BBC com­mem­o­rat­ing the Armistice.

It is part of 14-18 NOW, which is a se­ries of art com­mis­sions to re­mem­ber the Great War.

Danny Boyle un­veiled the event which will see the pub­lic in­vited to gather on beaches across the UK on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11 for an in­for­mal na­tion­wide ges­ture of re­mem­brance for the men and women who left their home shores dur­ing the war.

They will as­sem­ble at beaches - in­clud­ing Folke­stone’s Sunny Sands - at low tide to take part in a se­ries of com­mu­nity-led events.

There will also be a largescale por­trait of a ca­su­alty from the First World War de­signed by sand artists Sand in Your Eye, which will be drawn in the beach at many lo­ca­tions and washed away as the tide comes in.

The pub­lic will be in­vited to cre­ate sil­hou­ettes in re­mem­brance of the many who gave their lives dur­ing the war.

Mr Boyle, who hit the head­lines this sum­mer when he pulled out of di­rect­ing the next as-yet-un­ti­tled Bond film, was at the restau­rant Rock­salt at the town’s har­bour to re­veal the news.

He has also di­rected films in­clud­ing Shal­low Grave, The Beach, 28 Days Later and Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire and the 2012 Olympic open­ing cer­e­mony in Lon­don.

Mr Boyle said: “It is a very in­ter­est­ing town ar­tis­ti­cally. And this was the por­tal, the artery where it all hap­pened.

“On the day I def­i­nitely should be here. I want to get around a few beaches but it de­pends on the tides. Beaches are amaz­ing demo­cratic places. We can all gather here and do crazy things like swim in Oc­to­ber.

“You can stand here on the beach in Folke­stone and imag­ine what they were all feel­ing and imag­in­ing as they were get­ting ready to leave and think­ing about what they were fac­ing.”

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