Tickets For Good distribute free tickets for the ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ premiere celebrations in Sheffield
Whilst Film stars and Sheffield’s glitterati walked up the pink carpet for the invite-only premier screening of ‘Everybody’s Talking about Jamie’ at the Crucible on Fri 17th September, Tickets for Good worked with Sheffield City Council and Cinema For All to help NHS staff and people from Sheffield-based social groups to come and enjoy the show at The Abbeydale Picture House (who also hosted an official after party), city centre venue DINA, the Kelham Island Film Club, The Civic in Barnsley, Blend Kitchen and the Film Unit at The University of Sheffield.
TfG was selected to distribute the free event tickets because of our connections to the Sheffield cultural scene and because of their Ticket Fund campaign which sees an allocation going to NHS Staff and to local based charities. It was important to ensure the film, whose message is all about diversity, acceptance and equality, could be accessed by those who might not otherwise be able to get to the cinema, and so a partnership between Cinema for All (who champion community cinema across the country) and Tickets for Good was an ideal way of helping to include wider audiences.
For the ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ screenings allocations went to Independent Visitors (a volunteer based befriending service for children and young people in the care service), REMA (Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance), Darnall Forum and Humankind, a housing project.
Louise Morley from Humankind said;
‘Many of our residents are on benefits and are unable to work whilst in the early stages of recovery. They have very little money for luxuries so we were so very grateful for the tickets. I know it has built up their confidence in doing something new, as well as them feeling special in having such a treat gifted to them. I know they had a wonderful night, and actually we are only up the road from where it was filmed, we saw a lot of it being filmed so it was even more of a treat to see it finally released’.
One of the NHS staff who attended one of the Cinema For All screenings said: ‘Thank you to Tickets for Good for providing tickets for us to see the screening of Everybody’s Talking about Jamie. We really appreciated the evening out. Good film and nice cosy venue. Everybody had a good time”
‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ is a true Sheffield success story. The original stage musical (inspired by the 2011 documentary — ‘Jamie: Drag Queen at 16’) was created for the Crucible Theatre by Sheffield Theatres, before going on to storm the West End. The huge success in London led to UK-wide tours and planned international productions in Japan, Australia, America and Korea. The city of Sheffield features heavily in the musical and the film adaptation from local film giants Warp Films includes many well known Sheffield locations.
After several COVID related delays, the film has finally hit the big (and small) screens. The Sheffield film premiere took place at The Crucible on Fri 17th Sept, the original home of the musical, and was attended by Jamie Campbell (the original Jamie), Max Harwood and film producer (Warp Films) Mark Herbert amongst others.
Councillor Julie Grocutt, Deputy Leader at Sheffield City Council, said: “The Sheffield Premiere of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie was a very special moment for the city, celebrating Sheffield’s diversity and cultural significance, and the roots of this extremely moving and inspiring story. From the dreams of a local lad from Parson Cross, developed into a stage musical first performed here at The Crucible and then taken to the big screen by Sheffield’s own Warp Films, watching our city, the streets we all walk and the views we all treasure, it’s truly amazing.
“Tickets for the Crucible premiere were understandably like gold dust, and so we were absolutely delighted that in true Sheffield style we were able to open up the Sheffield’s premiere evening to so many more local people completely free of charge. We want to thank Amazon Prime Video for letting us screen the film in this very special way, as well as Warp Films, Tickets for Good, Cinema For All, and all the local venues who took part, for making it possible and extending the party right across the city.”