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Newspaper marks 20 years since release of comedy film set on patch

A regional daily has celebrated 20 years since the release of a critically-acclaimed film set on its patch.

The Star, Sheffield, marked the 20th anniversary of The Full Monty hitting cinema screens with a series of features recalling readers’ memories and the impact it had on the city.

The comedy told the story of six unemployed men forming a male striptease act.

The anniversary provided a splash for The Star on Friday.

Star Full Monty

Star multimedia reporter Robert Cumber told HTFP: “The Full Monty is a film which is Sheffield through and through, from the iconic locations to the Steel City wit and vernacular, so we felt it only fitting to mark the 20th anniversary with a series of features.

“We had a great response from readers when we asked them to share their memories, with many of those who appeared as extras or watched it being filmed in their neighbourhood getting in touch.

“We revisited a couple of the venues where some of the best-loved scenes were shot to see how they had changed over the years and to hear about the lasting impact the film had on their fortunes.”

The Star also interviewed the film’s writer Simon Beaufoy and actor Hugo Speer, as well as speaking to those within the local film industry about how it continues to thrive.

Robert added: “What’s clear from the reaction we’ve had is the great affection those within the city still have for this most unlikely of British triumphs, and how well it has evidently stood the test of time.”