friday 17th september
USA : 80mins : 1938 : BW: Certificate ‘U’
Directed by Mark Sandrich
11AM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM
Fred and Ginger return in this sparkling musical comedy, which followed on from Shall We Dance. In a plot typical of the screwball comedies of the period, Fred plays Dr. Tony Flagg, who is keen to help his friend Steven with his relationship difficulties with his fiancée Amanda. But this is not as straightforward as it first appears, and when, in desperation, the good doctor decides to use hypnosis to strengthen Amanda’s feelings for Steven, things get really complicated.
Nominated for three Oscars, including Best Song for Irving Berlin’s ‘Change Partners’, this is the team at their effervescent best.
THE RUNAWAY BUS
UK : 74mins : 1954 : BW : Certificate ‘U’
Directed by VaI Guest
11AM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE TICKETS £7.00
When heavy fog prevents all aircraft from leaving London airport, a group of passengers take an airline bus to get them to an alternative airport. However, one amongst their number is the mastermind behind a bullion robbery at the airport... who is particularly keen to escape…
This hugely entertaining comedy thriller has Frankie Howerd as the hapless bus driver, while Festival favourite Margaret Rutherford is among the passengers and lovely Petula Clark is the stewardess. This was Frankie Howerd’s film debut. While topping the bill at the London Palladium, he had been persuaded by director Val Guest to appear in this film. At first reluctant, he eventually agreed – but, fortunately for us, only if Miss Rutherford, his favourite comedy actress, would also be in it. Great fun!
THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
USA : 120mins : 1956 : BW : Certificate ‘PG’
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
1:30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM
In London for a medical convention, Dr. Ben McKenna takes his actress wife Jo and teenage son Hank on a quick trip to Marrakesh. But Hank is kidnapped, and a man, who the McKenna's had only met that day, is stabbed in front of them. Before dying, he tells Ben about a plot to assassinate a prominent politician – and the tension becomes unbearable as, afraid to talk to the police, Ben has to track down his son while the clock ticks on the assassination.
This was the second time Hitchcock had used this title, although his 1934 film had a significantly different plot. One of his favourite actors, James Stewart, stars, alongside Doris Day, and the film won the Oscar for Best Original Song for her famous rendition of ‘Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)’.
GREEN GROW THE RUSHES
UK : 77mins : 1951 : BW : Certificate ‘U’
Directed by Derek Twist
1:30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE TICKETS £7.00
In this hugely entertaining comedy thriller, Government bureaucrats arrive in Kent to enquire why a fertile area of marshland is not being cultivated. The reason is a liquor smuggling operation which, although apparently organised under an ancient charter, the locals are keen to keep from the bureaucrats’ prying eyes.
Based on the 1949 novel by Howard Clewes, and primarily filmed in the Romney Marsh area (though some scenes were filmed on and around Hickling Broad, in Norfolk) the wonderfully eclectic cast is led by the likes of Roger Livesey, Honor Blackman and Richard Burton
USA : 93mins : 1947 : Certificate ‘U’
Directed by George Marshall
4PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM
Musical comedy starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Mary Hatcher, Olga San Juan, Alan Ladd and Barbara Stanwyck. The plot of the film revolves around two young women, Catherine Brown (Hatcher) and Amber La Vonne (San Juan), who come to Hollywood with dreams of stardom. Though Catherine is genuinely talented and Amber something of an opportunist, this is not reflected in their success at auditions. The girls repeatedly switch identities, causing further confusion for the powers that be at the Variety Club and Paramount Studios and leading to a number of slapstick interludes..
INSPECTOR HORNLEIGH GOES TO IT
UK : 77mins : 1941 : BW : Certificate ‘U’
Directed by Walter Forde
4PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE
In this “thrilling drama of the spy ring” Inspector Hornleigh and Sergeant Bingham are pitted against a clever gang of Nazi espionage agents. Most of the action takes place on board a speeding train (the film was released in the USA as Mail Train) with our heroes never quite certain who can be trusted and who can't. Can the good inspector save the day, despite the ‘help’ of his bumbling assistant?
Festival favourites Gordon Harker and Alastair Sim star in this third and final adaptation of the Inspector Hornleigh stories, while Phyllis Calvert contributes to the intrigue as one Mrs. Wilkinson, who is, perhaps, not all she appears to be… Great fun!
VIVRE SA VIE
France : 93mins : 1962 : BW: Subtitles : Certificate ‘PG’
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
6.30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM
Nana, a beautiful Parisian in her early twenties, leaves her husband and infant son hoping to become an actress. Unable to enter the profession, she descends into prostitution, and is ‘acquired’ by a violent pimp.
This ground-breaking drama explores Nana’s descent into prostitution through a series of 12 "tableaux", using a cinéma vérité approach to produce a documentary-like feel to this heartfelt drama. An important product of the French New Wave, the film stars Anna Karina, Godard’s muse and an icon of 1960s cinema, who has been described as the “effervescent free spirit of the French New Wave, with all of the scars that the position entails”.
THOSE WONDERFUL CHARACTER ACTORS
Presented by Tom King
6.30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE
Essex journalist and author Tom King's presentations have been a regular feature of the Festival since the earliest days. His particular field is character acting, described as "the realm of the scene stealers." Character actors? These are the owners of those familiar faces; the bit part players whose names never appear above the main title. Yet they have enlivened - and sometimes saved - countless, films, especially in the field of comedy. This year, Tom focuses on character actors who have walked away with the Best Supporting Actor award at the Oscar ceremony, with clips from a widely divergent range of movie, kindly assembled by Chris Izod. Tom is the author of the best-selling 'Thames Estuary Trail', now in its second edition, and hopes that it won't be too long before the motion picture version can be screened at the Festival!
TALES FROM TIN PAN ALLEY
UK : 85mins : 2018
Directed by Henry Scott-Irvine
9PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM
In the West End of London, Denmark Street became known as 'Tin Pan Alley’ as far back as 1906, when Francis, Day and Hunter, the first music publishers, moved in. It soon became home to songwriters, music venues, recording studios, rehearsal spaces, demo studios and musical instruments shops.
In this fascinating documentary, no fewer than 30 people who worked in this legendary music street take us on a 110-year journey through Tin Pan Alley, aided by British broadcasters-authors Dan Cruikshank, Paul French, Joshua Levene and Will Self. Contributors include Dame Vera Lynn, 'Skiffler' Chas McDevitt, The Small Faces' drummer Kenney Jones, David Bowie's bassist Herbie Flowers, Sex Pistols' bassist Glen Matlock, Damned guitarist Captain Sensible, Beta Band's Steve Mason, soul singer Linda Lewis, Tom Jones songwriter Barry Mason and Eurovision hit songwriter Bill Martin – all with amazing stories to tell about this truly iconic, and unique, music street.
Introduced by writer, DJ and music consultant Daryl Easlea. After the screening Daryl will host a Q&A with the films Director - Henry Scott-Irvine
Park Inn by Radisson Palace Hotel has kindly sponsored Tales from Tin Pan Alley
UK : 4mins
Directed by Tony Burke
Starring 'Avengers' star Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and inspired by Eight Rounds Rapid's track of the same name, 'Onesie' is a simple journey from birth to death along Southend Seafront.
+ I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY’RE FORGOTTEN
UK : 3mins : 2020
Directed by Molly Brown
A fun animated mock television advertisement for a compilation album of long forgotten songs by not-quite-one-hit wonders
Introduced by Director Molly Brown
+ ROCK’N’ROLL: THE LEITH ABERNATHY STORY
UK : 8mins : 2017
A Beyond Studios Production
A crusty rocker thinks he’s past his sell-by date. Will his half-baked comeback prove ahead of its time? Written, shot and edited over one weekend for The 48 Hour Film Project, where the rules called for a film featuring a photo album, a tailor called Leith Abernathy, and the line "it’s good for you".
PAIN AND GLORY
Spain : 110mins : 2019 : Subtitles : Certificate ‘15’
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
9PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE
Spanish film director Salvador Mallo is in the middle of a creative crisis, afflicted with physical and mental ailments, which leads to him taking a look back into the past, and a stream of vivid memories falls upon him. He recalls moments from his youth such as his tender feelings for his mother, love and separation, the search for happiness and success, and reflects on his life and his art.
Pier View Self Catering Luxury Apartments have kindly sponsored Pain and Glory
Spain : 5mins : 2019 : Subtitles
Directed by Alejandro Diaz
As Carlos and David find out, it’s not easy being a filmmaker, and it’s even harder to get your work screened at festivals. But it’s a reality they accept, between the laughter and the tears.