Movie fans are left Speechless at Rex

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THE King’s Speech has sold out for ten showings in a row at The Rex cinema in Berkhamsted – but that didn’t stop one of its behind-the-scenes team going unrecognised at the BAFTAs.

Eve Stewart, 49, is used to missing out on the limelight as a production designer on acclaimed films including director Mike Leigh’s Topsy Turvy.

The Emmy Award-winner, who lives in Kitsbury Road, Berkhamsted, has worked with the likes of Helen Mirren on TV mini-series Elizabeth I.

She is also up for an Oscar for her work on the BAFTA-winning Brit flick The King’s Speech.

During Sunday’s BAFTA ceremony, it scooped seven awards, including best actor for Colin Firth as King George VI, pictured right, and best actress for Helen Bonham Carter as the king’s wife.

But Eve’s partner 45-year-old Leon McCarthy, who is the film’s art director, said the pair were not disappointed that Eve did not pick up the BAFTA for production design.

Leon told the HeraldExpress: “It was no big deal. We will save our success for the big one in two weeks’ time.”

The film is being shown at The Rex every day between Friday and next Thursday – but all tickets have sold out.

Rex chief executive James Hannaway said the tickets were all snapped on on the first day they went on sale.

The Rex, which has a capacity of around 200, showed a preview of the film to mark the cinema’s sixth anniversary on Sunday, December 5, and Mr Hannaway said queues stretched around the building.

He said: “Before the hype started, there was a feeling around that the film was going to be special.

“It is a two-hour conversation that has you gripped from the minute it starts.

“It is one of the few films I know that will outlive all of the hype.

“We show films from all around the world and you know when you are in the presence of something that’s worth something.”

The Kings Speech will be back at The Rex in March.

During that month, the cinema will also show Brighton Rock, Black Swan, True Grit and The Fighter.

Mr Hannaway said: “We have got all of the big ones that have come up for the awards. March is going to be a pretty packed month.”

Tickets will go on sale for all the above screenings from February 26, and Mr Hannaway expects people will start queuing early.

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