Members of a local gym club, their parents, and coaches, can be seen in a film due to be screened for a week from tomorrow (Friday) at The Picture House, Uckfield.
Cast and crew of the independent film Perfect 10 spent six weeks at the location calling in at The Chequers pub each day for lunch.
Perfect 10 is about 14-year-old Leigh – played by “impressive newcomer” Frankie Box – who lives with her neglectful father on the outskirts of Brighton.
She is a talented gymnast, training hard for her first competition despite her lack of confidence, and little money to pay for her fees.
When an older half-brother appears at her house one night, Leigh’s lonely existence is altered. She receives the attention she craves but is also exposed to the thrill and danger of moped crime.
Director Eva Riley, who is from Brighton, said she chose Uckfield Gymnastic Club, Maresfield, as a setting for gym scenes because she fell in love with its friendly atmosphere when she visited.
Uckfield Gymnastic Club head coach Janice Binder and director Andria Birchmore went along to the film’s premier at the London Film Festival in October.
The teen movie was well received by critics from The Guardian, Empire, Time Out, The Times, Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Little White Lies, NME, The List, Digital Fix, and Morning Star. Each awarded it four stars.
Janice and Andria both appear in the film and Andria thinks she appears in the credits because she had a little part … playing a mum waving to her daughter.
You should also be able to spot coach Katelyn Mellett, and gymnast Georgie Moors who is on the bars, and also performs a floor routine.
Mums are watching performances from the viewing gallery at the club. They include Katrina Davis, Charlotte Parris, Sarah Cornwell, Karianne Foord, and Nicola Grayling.
Book your seats
To book your seats – which will automatically be socially distanced from others – visit The Picture House website. Perfect 10 is due to show for a week until Thursday August 20.