BRITISH director Stephen Frears’s hugely entertaining film Florence Foster Jenkins (Cert PG), starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, will be screened by the Regal Film Society in a special public, fund-raising performance at the Minehead Regal on Tuesday June 28 at 7.30pm.

The performance brings to an end the film society’s 21st season and free sparkling wine will be available to celebrate the occasion.

Florence Foster Jenkins was a New York socialite, philanthropist and amateur opera singer who was famed for her terrible singing. An amateur in the true and original sense of the word, Foster Jenkins loved music and singing so much that she threw herself into it, believing that her enthusiasm was enough to overcome any shortcomings in ability. Having built up an affectionate, satirical following over the years, she reached her tone-deaf musical peak in 1944 at a sell-out concert in Carnegie Hall, New York.

In a career topping performance, Hugh Grant co-stars as Foster Jenkins’s dashing manager and partner St Clair Bayfield, a middle-ranking English Shakespearean actor.

Numbered tickets for the film may be booked in advance at the Regal Box Office (Tel: 01643 706430) costing £3 for film society members and £5 for non-members. Besides free sparkling wine, cake from Toucan Wholefoods and fresh Miles coffee will be available from 7 pm onwards.