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Haverhill actor Charlie MacGechan to return home and attend an exclusive screening of movie in which he stars alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme




An actor who started out with Haverhill’s Centre Stage Company is returning to his roots for an exclusive screening of a movie in which he co-stars alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme.

The screening of We Die Young (certificate 15) at Haverhill Arts Centre on Saturday will not only see Charlie MacGechan return to his home town, it will also see him joined by fellow cast member Joseph Long (whose varied list of TV and movie credits include Doctor Who, Ashes to Ashes and American Assassin) for a Q&A afterwards.

The film is billed as a gritty El Salvador-set gang land thriller and sees Charlie, 30, play gang leader Jester. It was released on October 14 on DVD by Signature Entertainment.

Charlie MacGechan (left) as Jester in We Die Young. Picture courtesy of Signature Entertainment
Charlie MacGechan (left) as Jester in We Die Young. Picture courtesy of Signature Entertainment

The date of the screening is particularly poignant for Charlie as it falls on what would have been his mum Frances’ birthday. She died of cancer on Valentine’s Day 2007.

It has been organised in conjunction with Haverhill Town Council, and arts and leisure manager Nick Keeble confirmed it would be the first time the arts centre had hosted a Q&A involving a ‘local ‘ actor.

Charlie said: “The arts centre and Nick have helped me lots in the past and obviously it’s my mum’s birthday on that day.

We Die Young. Picture by Signature Entertainment (19298048)
We Die Young. Picture by Signature Entertainment (19298048)

“I have really fond memories of the place and it’s going to be nice to come back again.”

Charlie, who now lives in London and appeared in Centre Stage productions between the ages of two and 16, said he was given three possible dates for the film screening and Q&A and although the final date chosen falls on his mum’s birthday, it was in fact a ‘coincidence’.

He added: “It is lovely because we get to do it on her birthday. That’s what will be nice, for everyone to come and watch the film and have a little chat in the bar and talk about Frances.”

Nick said: “Haverhill Arts Centre is always proud to promote local talent and we are delighted to have Charlie here talking about his involvement in this movie and the film business in general.

“Charlie appeared in many productions at the centre and it is great to see how his dedication and hard work have paid off.”

Charlie has recently completed the sci-fi film Deus (due out in 2020) in which he was a supporting lead in a cast that includes two of his ‘favourite’ actors, Phil Davis and David O’Hara.



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