monday 27th may

 

THE LAUREL & HARDY LAUGHTER SHOW: STAN, AND OLLIE - UNPLUGGED

1PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM 

TICKETS £6

Family Friendly Cinema : UNDER 14'S FREE

Following the huge success of the recent Stan & Ollie biopic, this year’s show includes fascinating film of the Boys during their various tours of the UK, including those recreated in that film. These clips will be supported by three of their most celebrated comedies: Dirty Work asks the question: “Would you let Laurel & Hardy clean your chimney?” (the answer is obvious!), Twice Two

 has the Boys, married to each other’s sister, getting ready to celebrate their anniversary, while in County Hospital
Ollie looks forward to a nice rest while recuperating – and then Stan arrives, complete with hard-boiled eggs and nuts! Great fun for all the family!  

 

Thanks to Roger Robinson, of Southend’s ‘Saps at Sea’ L&H group, for devising and presenting this show. 

For top quality Laurel and Hardy goodies, Southend Film Festival recommends Laurel and Hardy Gifts.

 
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LIFE AFTER 'OPERATION WHIRLWIND'

UK : 60mins : 2018 

Directed by Attila Kiraly

1PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE  TICKETS £6

This intensely moving documentary presents personal histories of six Southend-based elderly Hungarians who took part in the Revolution of 1956 and examines the reception they received when they arrived in the UK following ‘Operation Whirlwind’, the brutal suppression of the uprising by the Soviet Army. Archive photographs and documents supplement their oral histories. The documentary is in two 30 minute parts, with the first detailing what happened in Hungary in 1956 and the second focusing on their escape through the Austrian border and their arrival in the UK.

 

Introduced by director Attila Kiraly

 

Plus short film  A Walking Shadow Introduced by directors Alice Ryan and Bradley Barton 

When Rikki attends an audition for Macbeth she couldn't dare to imagine the real reason of the tryout. Believing she's alone, Rikki climbs onto the stage and begins practising a few lines, but is soon brought to an abrupt halt when the mysterious Sam appears and applauds her efforts. What follows is an encounter of fantastical proportions that will leave both Rikki and Sam changed and beyond compare.

 

A short film that will resonate with so many, A Walking Shadow is a dialogue-driven drama that empowers us all to manifest every thought, to express every feeling and to realise every dream. 

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THE EKCO STORY

3:30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM

TICKETS £6

Based on the book ‘Ekco Sounds’, by Chris Poole and Peter C. Brown (copies of which will be on sale), local historian Bob Dalgarno tells the fascinating story of the iconic EKCO electronics company, from its founding in 1926 (to build mains powered radios) through the boom years during the war (when up to 8,000 workers, across its UK-wide sites, manufactured all manner of domestic appliances) and its successful move into radar in the 1950s, to its merger with Pye in 1966 and its sad demise by the early 1970s. His extensive slide presentation will be supplemented by archive film and oral recordings. He will also talk about the history of radio in Essex, from Marconi to Simon Dee’s inaugural broadcast on Radio Caroline, taking a look at pirate radio off our coastline. 

 

With thanks to Chris Taylor for his invaluable assistance

 

Sponsored by Victoria Shopping Centre

 

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Palestine : 96mins : 2017 : Subtitles : Certificate ‘15’  

Directed by Annemarie Jacir

3:30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE TICKETS £6

Abu Shadi is a divorced father and a school teacher in his mid-60s living in Nazareth. After his daughter’s wedding in one month he will be living alone. Shadi, his estranged architect son, arrives from Rome after years abroad to help his father, in accordance with local Palestinian custom, to hand-deliver the large number of wedding invitations to each guest. As they spend the day together, the tense details of their relationship come to a head, challenging their fragile and very different lives. Noted critic Mark Kermode called this “a film of warmth and generosity” and he’s not wrong! This multi award-winning film is a beautifully judged portrait of a family. 
 

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WINTERLONG

UK : 96mins : 2018 : Certificate '15'

Directed by David Jackson

6PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM

TICKETS £6

When his estranged teenage son Julian is left unexpectedly on the doorstep of his caravan, Francis, a lawless, feral man who lives on the margins of society, is forced into an impossible relationship with him. As they wander the Sussex hinterlands trying to figure out how to make it work between them, disaster looms when Julian breaks a promise and they fall under the spotlight of the police. But will salvation come in the form of an alluring friend? This striking new drama features superb performances from Francis Magee and Harper Jackson as the embattled father and son.

 

Introduced by director David Jackson

 

Plus short film Wallace Gets the News introduced by director Kristian Fitsall

Determined to win her back, Tim invites Sandra out for dinner where he's planned an important speech. Unfortunately for Tim, fellow diner Wallace has an equally important phonecall to take care of.

 

Wallace Gets The News is a dark comedy about expectation and arrogance, forcing us to accept that sometimes we aren't the most important person in the room. So far it was won 'Best British Short' in the September edition of The London Independant Film Awards, as well as making finalist in the 2018 Lift-Off Online Sessions.

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CAFÉ DE FLORE

France - Canada : 120mins : 2011 : Subtitles : Certificate '15'

Directed by Jean-Marc Valllée

6PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE 

TICKETS £6

Jacqueline is a young mother living in 1960s Paris with her disabled son Laurent. Abandoned by her husband, she sacrifices everything to care for her son and vows to give him a “normal” life full of happiness. Meanwhile, Antoine is a successful DJ in present day Montreal who seems to have it all: a thriving career, two beautiful daughters, a loving partner Rose. However, nothing is perfect and Antoine’s ex-wife Carole remains devastated by their recent separation. Café de Flore is an epic love story that chronicles the parallel fates of Jacqueline and Antoine and how two separate and extraordinary moments of passion can shake their lives across time. 

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