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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

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Moonshine film ‘Lawless’ opens today
Story based on tales about Franklin County’s Bondurant brothers
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Photo by Charles Boothe: Billy and Martha Hubbard of Rocky Mount stand by two antique vehicles from an era when moonshine hauling was a common occurrence in this area. The vehicles are both 1940 Fords and will be on display in front of the Eagle Cinema on Tanyard Road in Rocky Mount at tonight’s opening of the film “Lawless.”

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

Today's opening of the movie "Lawless" at Eagle Cinema will feature a display by the Franklin County Historical Society, including two vintage vehicles from an era that saw many local moonshine haulers.

Chances will also be offered on a hardback copy of "The Wettest County in the World," the Matt Bondurant novel that inspired the movie.

The book is autographed by actor Jason Clarke, who portrays Howard Bondurant, one of three brothers featured in the film.

Clarke signed the book with a personal message when he visited the county last year, visiting Bondurant relatives and learning the local dialect.

Copies of "The Wettest County" and other items will also be offered for sale. Paperback copies of the book will be on sale all week at the history museum for $10 each.

Also offered at special prices will be copies of "Spirits of Just Men" by Charles Thompson, Cats Meow Village replica moonshine "likker" stills, and copies of "The Recipe."

The movie, starring Clarke, Shia LeBeouf, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce and Mia Wasikowska, opens nationwide today and will be shown at both the Eagle Cinema and Westlake Cinema in Franklin County.

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