Springsteen fan's film set for premiere in home town of Luton

A Luton man with a love of Bruce Springsteen will return home tonight to watch the local premiere of his star-studded movie.

Writer Sarfraz Manzoor's memoir - Greetings from Bury Park - was the inspiration behind the film Blinded by the Light.

It tells the tale of Muslim teenager growing up in 1980s Bedfordshire and the impact Bruce Springsteen's music had on him.

The movie stars Kulvinder Ghir, Rob Brydon, Viveik Kalra and Hayley Atwell, and has been directed by Bend It Like Beckham's Gurinder Chadha.

After meeting Springsteen at a red-carpet event in 2010, Chadha pitched the idea of the film to him and asked if they could use his music.

After he agreed, she and Manzoor spent several years putting together a script that would impress the music legend.

Speaking at last night's London premiere of the film, she said they had succeeded.

Gurinder Chadha on set filming Blinded By The Light Credit: ITV News Anglia

Tonight (Tuesday July 30), The Galaxy cinema in Luton will host a special preview screening of Blinded By The Light. Both Chadha and Manzoor will be there.

Speaking last night, the writer said he had been delighted with Springsteen's response to his work.

Writer Sarfraz Manzoor with his idol Bruce Springsteen Credit: Submitted

Watch Nina Nannar's report from 2018 on the filming of Blinded By The Light below: