closing gala


This is Southend



TICKETS: £10.00


This year, we are delighted to showcase a programme of brand new short films, most taking ‘our town’ as their starting point:

BOTTLE BOY: Being the heart-warming tale of a lonely young boy who decides to send a message in a bottle.

Introduced by director Tony Burke.

SOPHIE AND THE DANEGELD: As Rudyard Kipling warns in his poem, once you’ve paid the Danegeld, you’ll never get rid of the Dane. Finding that as true today as it was back then, blackmail victim Sophie searches for another way to resolve her problem.

Introduced by director Michael J. Wood-Wilson.

NOT YET THE HERO: Many people who create artistic things wonder when their work will get recognition. Their painting is accepted for the Royal Academy; they’re spotted on stage by a West End producer; their book becomes a best seller. Greg is writing a screenplay. Is this his time?

Introduced by writer/director Peter Finlay.

THE PORT OF OLD LEIGH: This new film takes a look at Old Leigh ‘yesterday, today and tomorrow’. Archive footage is accompanied by interviews inhabitants and workers, who give this close-knit community its unique character.

Introduced by Festival Director Paul Cotgrove.

IN TWO MINDS: A rookie police officer is thrown into a compromising position with a troubled man who is willing to stop at nothing.

Introduced by director David Streames and lead actor Darren Kent.

MEANWHILE, IN SOUTHEND: Have you ever wondered what the statues in Southend’s Civic Centre fountain get up to when no one’s watching? We are proud to present the World Premiere of this hilarious musical animation film.

Introduced by director Molly Brown.

THE BICYCLE THIEF: A little girl’s innocent adventure is interrupted when her beloved bicycle is stolen. Choosing not to give it up, she sets off on a daring adventure in pursuit of the Big Man who has taken it.

Introduced by directors Stewart Alexander and Kerry Skinner.

Grosvenor Casino Southend has kindly sponsored our Closing Gala.


Following the screening ticket holders are invited to an after-show party at Grosvenor Casino Southend (adjacent to the Park Inn Palace Hotel). 

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