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 2 November 2001 

Director puts University of Sussex on the big screen

A new film starring Anna Friel which was written and directed by an ex-University of Sussex student will receive its gala screening at the Duke of York's cinema in Brighton this month.

Sandra Goldbacher

Director Sandra Goldbacher

Me Without You follows wild child Marina (played by former 'Brookside' actress Anna Friel) and the bookish Holly ('Dawson's Creek' star Michelle Williams) through their turbulent friendship. This includes a spell at the University of Sussex in the early 1980s when both characters fall for Daniel, an academic, played by Kyle MacLachlan (of 'Twin Peaks' fame).

"I always wanted to write about my time at university. It was such an intense period of my life," says director Sandra Goldbacher, who studied French at the University of Sussex from 1978-82.

The film features many Brighton locations although the Isle of Man was also used as a stand-in. "Brighton is very cinematic," says Sandra. "The sea and the light make it so visual."

Sandra's previous films include The Governess, starring Minnie Driver, for which Sandra was nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Newcomer in 1999.

The gala screening is at the Duke of York's cinema on Wednesday 21 November at 8.45pm. The film goes on general release on 23 November.

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