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Ben pops question to his girlfriend in film screened at cinema

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 20, 2013

Ben Heath surprised Natalie Maull with his rom-com at Scotts Cinema

Ben Heath surprised Natalie Maull with his rom-com at Scotts Cinema

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A film buff pop-corned the question to his girlfriend after commissioning his own rom-com – and screening it at the cinema.

Devoted Ben Heath, 28, took unsuspecting Natalie Maull, 24, to her local cinema to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

But before Martin Freeman appeared as Bilbo Baggins, Natalie was amazed to see Ben on screen asking to marry her. His homemade movie was just as big a surprise for the rest of the audience who cheered and applauded as thrilled Natalie said "yes".

Sales advisor Ben spent five months secretly working on his four-minute movie before persuading bosses at Scotts Cinema in Barnstaple, Devon, to play along.

It starts off with a cartoon version of the couple's first meeting before recreating the anxious moment Ben asked Natalie's dad for her hand in marriage.

The film then shifts to video footage of Ben racing to the cinema before summoning the courage to walk in to the packed auditorium.

As soon as the DIY rom-com finished Ben emerged from the back of the cinema to pop the question in person.

Ben said: "There were around 200 people in the cinema. They were pretty quiet at first but as soon as they cottoned on they were all cheering and clapping.

"I walked down the aisle to where Nat was sitting and found her looking completely shocked – I don't think she could quite believe it.

"I attempted to say 'will you marry me?' but I was a blubbering mess."

Sales supervisor Natalie added: "It was such a surprise. It was well pulled together by Ben. I didn't know what was going on but it was amazing. Then I started crying."

Ben commissioned a production company to make the animated part of his film then edited the live footage of himself with help from friends.

He said the cinema was nearly full and people came up to congratulate him after his amazing December 13 proposal. Staff also presented the happy couple, who haven't set a date but hope to marry soon, with a bottle of champagne.

Ben said: "To see Natalie's reaction and other people's reactions was brilliant."

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