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Hobbit to get royal UK premiere

Published: 12:35PM Tuesday September 25, 2012 Source: ONE News

The first part of Sir Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy has been selected to screen at the 65th Royal Film Performance in London, media reports say.

The UK premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is based on the novel by JRR Tolkien, will take place on December 12.

The annual performance - attended by the Queen or other members of the royal family - raises money for the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF). The CTBF is a charity for those in film and television affected by illness, bereavement, accident or unemployment.

The CTBF has retweeted a Twitter post  by Screen International reading: "The Hobbit journeys to 65th Royal Film Performance".

CTBF president Anne Bennett said the organisation was "thrilled" to be hosting The Hobbit's UK premiere and was thankful to director Sir Peter Jackson and others involved for "providing this opportunity", BBC News  said.

It will be the second time a film directed by Jackson will be shown at the Royal Film Performance - The Lovely Bones was selected in 2009.

NZ premiere

The worldwide premiere of the first installment of Jackson's three-part cinematic adaptation of The Hobbit will take place in Wellington On November 28.

Jackson has promised the event will be a "huge party", and several stars - such as Martin Freeman and Lord of the Rings stalwarts Sir Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom - are expected to attend.

Last week, the second trailer for the film was released.

The two-minute video shows Bilbo Baggins being rather reluctantly drawn into an epic adventure by Gandalf and dwarves, who call on him to be the 14th member of their group, which is determined to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which has been conquered by the dragon Smaug.

The trailer's debut coincided with a myriad of Hobbit related milestones and activities, including the 75th anniversary of the release of The Hobbit.

For all the latest news, videos and pictures check out our Hobbit page .