ShelterBox is honoured to have been chosen as one of three charities to receive funds from this year’s Royal Film Performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 26 October.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have nominated ShelterBox to benefit from one of London’s biggest red carpet events, the Royal Film Performance at the Royal Albert Hall, which this year will be the World Premiere of the 24th James Bond adventure, SPECTRE.
The Royal Film Performance is held in aid of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the charity for the UK film, cinema and commercial television industries, which provides support for those working behind the scenes in times of hardship. SPECTRE will be the third Bond film chosen since the Royal Film Performances began in 1946.
Their Royal Highnesses were invited to nominate two further charities to benefit from this year’s event. ShelterBox was chosen, in particular for its work in Nepal following the earthquakes, and Save the Children for their role helping families fleeing Syria and Iraq, and during the Ebola crisis in West Africa. The charities receive an equal share of the value of tickets, and sales of a special souvenir programme featuring a page about ShelterBox.
Before the performance Their Royal Highnesses will meet trustees and beneficiaries of the CTBF, representatives of Save the Children, and ShelterBox CEO Alison Wallace. They will then meet members of the film’s cast and crew including Daniel Craig and Ralph Fiennes. The cast will be joined by director Sam Mendes, and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli who are vice patrons of the CTBF.
In SPECTRE, Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as Ian Fleming’s world famous secret agent, a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation, while Ralph Fiennes as the new ‘M’ battles political forces to keep the secret service alive. The movie was shot at Pinewood Studios, and on location in London, Mexico City, Rome, Morocco and Austria.
ShelterBox’s Alison Wallace says,
For ShelterBox to have been put in the spotlight in this way, and given the chance to benefit from such a Royal and celebrity occasion, is a huge honour. The world’s media will be there, and we will have the chance to tell some very famous and influential people what we do, and how we do it.
‘I suppose our own response volunteers could be considered international agents too, though a little less glamorous and secretive than 007. ShelterBox also responds to disaster and danger. But there the similarity ends. We are so grateful to the Royal family and to Sony Pictures for including us in the ‘cast list’ for this event, and hope that all our donors, supporters and volunteers share our pride in ShelterBox being selected.’
This is ShelterBox’s second brush with Hollywood action movie fame this year. The charity’s Australian affiliate provided ShelterBoxes and tents for closing shots of a post-earthquake shelter camp at the climax of the summer blockbuster ‘San Andreas’ starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.