Tony Hawks offers some comic relief

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IF you fancy some comic relief from Wimbledon and Euro 2012, look no further than Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, which is coming to The Dukes next month.

This film tells the true story of the latest challenge undertaken by best-selling writer Tony Hawks, and will be screened at The Dukes cinema on the afternoon of July 20, followed by a question and answer session with the man himself.

Playing the Moldovans at Tennis shows how, in his attempts to win a silly bet to gather material for a light-hearted new book, Tony becomes embroiled in an uplifting and life-changing adventure.

The wager was made in a pub during a televised World Cup qualifying match between England and Moldova and resulted in Tony trying to track down the entire Moldovan football team, challenge them individually to a game of tennis, and beat them all.

But passionate tennis fan Tony discovers that in Europe’s poorest country, it’s not that easy to coax footballers on to a tennis court.

Tony’s friendship with Moldova grows as what was initially a fun project, takes on a far greater significance, resulting in an inspirational climax and unexpected enduring legacy.

Profits from the film will be donated to the Hippocrates Children’s Centre in Moldova, founded by Tony, which aims to improve the health of children with chronic conditions living in socially vulnerable families.

The film stars Tony himself who also produced and co-directed alongside Oscar-winner Mikolai Jaroszewiecz.

Tony’s other best-selling book, Round Ireland with a Fridge, was made in to a film in 2010.

As well as being an author and filmmaker, Tony Hawks is also known as a TV and radio comedian, appearing regularly on television shows including Have I Got News For You and radio programmes such as Just A Minute and The News Quiz.

Playing The Moldovans at Tennis is screened at 2pm followed by the Q&A.

For tickets priced £7/£6 (concessions), ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500, or visit (http://|}.