Screening's Sensational Success

An audience of 217 adults and teenagers gathered to watch a special PSDS screening of The Peanut Butter Falcon at Leatherhead Theatre on Monday 28th October. The screening was organised to celebrate the work of Zack Gottsagen, making his acting debut in a lead role in a major film, and also timed to coincide with Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

Leatherhead Theatre opened especially for the one-night only screening and were really supportive of this event - promoting The Peanut Butter Falcon to all on their mailing list and doing everything possible to make the screening a success. We can't thank Jennai and the whole Leatherhead Theatre team enough for their incredible support and enthusiasm. We are also extremely grateful to Advanced Print, Hallways Residential Estate Agents, Ace Accountants and Sutton BNI whose sponsorship and support made this event possible.

Special guests in attendance included MVDC Chair, Councillor Mary Huggins who posted on social media that she thought the film was "exciting, inspirational and funny...A must see!" We were also delighted to welcome Andrew Self, whose appearance on hit TV show The Greatest Dancer was massively popular, and Mencap Campaigns Team member Ciara Lawrence, a wonderful advocate for individuals who have learning difficulties. Ciara had the opportunity to interview the stars of The Peanut Butter Falcon on the red carpet at the film's London premiere a few weeks ago and she enjoyed the film so much she couldn't wait to come and see it again with her family at the PSDS screening.

We were thrilled to see so many PSDS members and their families in the audience, along with friends and supporters of PSDS. We are especially grateful to PSDS member, Keiran, whose company Dreamraven Events pulled the screening together in just over two weeks, and to 17-year-old Ross who is a member of the PSDS High5 and 5Club activities. Ross (pictured above with PSDS co-founder Helen, her daughter Thea and Councillor Mary Huggins, MVDC Chair) is studying Digital Media at Crawley College and filmed a fabulous introduction to The Peanut Butter Falcon which was used as part of the special trailer Keiran created. It was fantastic to see Ross's work on the big screen.

After the screening we asked Ross what he thought of the film and he said: "It was absolutely brilliant. I loved it. It was inspiring. And very funny. What's rule number 1? Party!!" If you're not familiar with the rule number 1 reference, then you have to go and see the film - you are in for a real treat!

In addition to celebrating Zach's inspirational performance in a fantastic film, we are also delighted to report that over £500 was raised for PSDS on the night - along with a lot of positive awareness being raised too.

We agree with Mary and Ross, The Peanut Butter Falcon is a must see film! Please do go and see it!





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