Acclaimed movie maker Richard Curtis has moved the premiere of his new film The Girl in the Cafe to Scotland to coincide with the G8 Summit meeting.

The first screening will take place tomorrow (09MAY05) in Edinburgh - just weeks before 200,000 protesters take part in an anti-poverty rally in the city.

Curtis hopes the romantic comedy - starring HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY actor BILL NIGHTLY - will prompt world leaders, including US President George W Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, into tackling global poverty.

He says, "My thought was to write about an innocent individual having an effect on a complex political conference.

"There's a huge passion on the subject of poverty which normal individuals feel isn't being reflected by politicians.

"If a lot of people being at the rally helps focus the politicians' minds, I'd be pleased to be one of them.

"If everyone does their bit, you never know who'll be the person who makes the difference."

08/05/2005 14:36