Stage star's advert anger

A SUFFOLK actress and mother of two young daughters yesterday told of her outrage after a family trip to the cinema was marred by a “violent” military trailer.

Lizzie Parry

A SUFFOLK actress and mother of two young daughters yesterday told of her outrage after a family trip to the cinema was marred by a “violent” military trailer.

Star of the West End stage, Ruthie Henshall, said she was “horrified” to see the marine's recruitment advert as a trailer to the recently released Disney film, Bolt.

The singer had taken her daughters, aged four and six years old, to see the new PG rated film at Cineworld Cinema in Ipswich.


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“I was horrified to see the 'Your country needs you' type advert for the marines shown with it,” she said. “It was bristling with guns and threatened violence and totally unsuitable for a young audience.”

She has condemned the cinema for allowing the advert to be shown, and has called for trailers to be tailored to suit the audience.

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“It should only be shown with adult movies and picture house managers should have the sense and the right to withdraw this sort of material according to who is watching.

“I am careful, not ridiculously censorious about what my four and six-year-olds view on film and TV - there is after all, a cartoon helicopter and car chase with guns in Bolt - but the marines' advert shocked me and made me and my children feel very uncomfortable in this family context.

“Am I crazy or do we now live in an anything-goes-anybody-can-see-anything society where nobody gives a damn?”

Cineworld Cinemas were unable to comment last night.

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