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Folkestone: Film director Danny Boyle in town to announce new project

Oscar-winning Hollywood film director Danny Boyle has visited Kent to announce a new project.

The Trainspotting director, producer and theatre director was in Folkestone this morning to announce the project in partnership with the BBC commemorating the Armistice.

It is part of 14-18 NOW, which is a series of art commissions to remember the Great War.

Danny Boyle in Folkestone today (4616090)
Danny Boyle in Folkestone today (4616090)

Danny Boyle unveiled the event which will see the public invited to gather on beaches across the UK on Sunday, November 11 for an informal nationwide gesture of remembrance for the men and women who left their home shores during the war.

They will assemble at beaches - including Folkestone's Sunny Sands - at low tide to take part in a series of community-led events.

There will also be a large-scale portrait of a casualty from the First World War designed by sand artists Sand in Your Eye, which will be drawn into the sand at many locations and washed away as the tide comes in.

The public will be invited to create silhouettes in the sand in remembrance of the many who gave their lives during the war.

Mr Boyle, who hit the headlines this summer when he pulled out of directing the next as-yet-untitled Bond film, was at the restaurant Rocksalt at the town's harbour to reveal the news.

He has also directed films including Shallow Grave, The Beach, 28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire and the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony in London.

Speaking to KentOnline Mr Boyle said: "It is a very interesting town artistically. And this was the portal, the artery where it all happened.

"On the day I definitely should be here. I want to get around a few beaches but it depends on the tides.

"Beaches are amazing democratic places. We can all gather here and do crazy things like swim in October.

"You can stand here on the beach in Folkestone and imagine what they were all feeling and imagining as they were getting ready to leave and thinking about what they were facing."

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