Cinema stars flock to Walthamstow

Is a TV director likely to spot you and your movie costume?

Put on a poseur’s outfit – go on, just this once – to save one of London’s zaniest buildings.

You are being asked by supporters of the once-magnificent cinema in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London E17 4QS, to dress up as an “iconic” film character or movie star and appear on Walthamstow Town Hall steps on Wed 18 May 2011 at 7pm.
Waltham Forest council’s planning committee is due to meet to discuss an application from a rich Brazilian-led pentecostal church to make a mission to poor people out of the EMD, as the cinema is sadly known, initials that reflect its present unpromising look.
Style up well enough and you may catch the eye of a TV news crew. And then, who knows — Hollywood?
But what character to portray? James Bond is easy: a dinner suit, and a martini (best leave the pistol behind).
The Love of my Life could do Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde: Forties clobber topped off with a beret. Am I cool enough to accompany her as Warren Beatty’s Clyde?
Silly question. On the evidence of my default garb these warm spring weekends: unfashionable floppy hair, wee paunch poking out over unironed shorts, legs comically splayed, my choice is obvious. Yep, The Big Lebowski. Dude!

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* Acting up: Walthamstow Town Hall Forest Road Walthamstow London E17 4JF Wed 18 May 2011 at 7pm

* Dragging up: the Costume Studio in Dalston might help those who want to take on a challenging role. Hint: choose your words carefully; the firm is highly regarded in showbiz because it is more than a fancy-dress supplier.
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