'Repo Man' Alex set to come home for Q&A on life in film

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WIRRAL-born Hollywood director Alex Cox returns to the borough later this month to host a question and answer session about his life in film.

Alex, from Bebington, will visit Hoylake Community Centre for Hoylake Community Cinema’s screening of classic western For a Few Dollars More, on October 26.

After the film, the audience will be able to quiz him about working with Hollywood A-list actors including Ed Harris, Emilio Estevez and Dennis Hopper; musicians including Joe Strummer from The Clash; Debbie Harry Blondie and Elvis Costello; his experiences of the big studios and distributors and his subsequent graduation towards low budget and independent film making.

Currently living in America, he teaches film production and scriptwriting at the University of Colorado.

Alex said: “I’m looking forward to revisiting my native turf and to supporting a Wirralian community cinema. This is quality on a shoestring and surely what cinema should be about.”

Mark Howard, from Hoylake Village Life who have organised the visit, said: “This is a big event for us and we think it will attract attention nationwide.

“On a whim I contacted him to ask if he was free to attend one of our screenings, and was astonished to get a reply saying he would be in the UK at the end of October and would love to come to Hoylake!

“I know Alex was greatly influenced by the work of Akira Kurosawa, Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah, so when he said For a Few Dollars More was, in his opinion, one of the best examples of the Spaghetti Western genre, it was impossible to resist showing that film to coincide with his visit.

“I would urge anyone interested to book well in advance; places are limited. Oh, and try to watch Fistful of Dollars beforehand at home!”

Amy Hardman, from Hoylake Community Centre, said: “This is truly amazing and will be one of the most high-profile events in this year’s calendar. It will, without doubt, be a sell-out. It is heartening to see Hoylake Community Cinema going from strength to strength.”

Starring Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef, For A Few Dollars More is the second film in the so-called “Man With No Name” trilogy, following on from A Fistful of Dollars and ending with The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Eastwood and Van Cleef join forces to capture homicidal bandit Indio.

Tickets for For a Few Dollars More cost £5 and are available from gift shop Urbane, Market Street, Hoylake; Staacks, Banks Road, West Kirby; The Parade, Hoylake Community Centre; on the door on the night; and online at www.hoylakecommunitycinema.co.uk.

The film starts at 7.30pm Tickets, £5, are available online at www.hoylakecommunitycinema.co.uk or Urbane, Market Street, Hoylake; Staacks, Banks Road, West Kirby; The Parade, Hoylake Community Centre, Hoyle Road; or on the door on the night.

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