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Susan Sarandon and Olivia Colman join Hollywood stars in donating their time to the ‘Cinema For Gaza’ auction

Bid for a beer with a Marvel superhero or a pressie from a ‘Heartstopper’ star

Phil de Semlyen
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Phil de Semlyen

Need some tips on telling better jokes? Want a star filmmaker to teach you the basics of filmmaking? Just fancy a bit of a natter with Creed star Tessa Thompson?

If the answer to any of those is ‘heck yes’, you’ll want to gather your savings and put a bid in for the latest batch of lot items in the Cinema For Gaza auction. 

The auction, which is raising funds to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, has seen a host of movie stars and filmmakers offering their time and memorabilia.

The latest to join the action are Colman, who will be providing a no-doubt magnificent video message to the highest bidder, Paul Mescal, ditto a signed Aftersun poster, and Tessa Thompson. The Creed and Thor: Ragnarok star will be sharing a virtual beer – and one of her film costumes – with whoever stumps up the most money for charity. 

Here’s a few of the latest items to bid for:

  • Personalised video message from Olivia Colman
  • Aftersun poster signed by Paul Mescal
  • Beer on Zoom with Tessa Thompson, plus Sorry to Bother You costume and The Marvels memorabilia
  • Zoom chat about your favourite Susan Sarandon film with Susan Sarandon
    Malcolm X poster signed by Spike Lee
  • Joke workshop with Nish Kumar over Zoom
  • Dinner in Ghent with Close director Lukas Dhont
  • Filmmaker or actor mentorship with Shane Meadows over Zoom
  • Zoom AMA with Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright 
  • Rugby ball signed by Heartstopper star Kit Connor 
  • A map of The Bear’s Ayo Edebiri’s favourite restaurants and a chat about them on Zoom
  • Zoom comedy session with Nish Kumar

To date the auction has raised more than £100,000, with other lot items including bedtime stories from Rebecca Hall and Tilda Swinton, a ‘perfect porridge’-making workshop with Josh O’Connor over Zoom and a Zoom cuppa with Stranger Things star Joseph Quinn.

Bid for items here – but hurry, because the auction closes at 11.59pm UK time on April 12.

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