opening gala

Under the Radar: The Mike Edmonds Story: The Extended Cut



TICKETS: £30 (inc. Black Tie pre-film reception,

from 6.30pm, and after show party) OVER 18s ONLY

In 2015 award-winning Leigh on Sea based director Simon J. Frith set out to make a short, intimate documentary about his friend, the prolific, inspirational actor and “little guy” Mike Edmonds - one of Southend’s favourite sons. A hit with festival audiences, Under The Radar has been expanded into this full feature-length version, with Colin Firth, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Danny John Jules, Star Wars producer Robert Watts, crime author Mark Billingham and a host of others joining Mike to tell the story of his remarkable career.
No ordinary film biopic, Under the Radar follows Mike from his mischievous Essex childhood through his 40-year acting career, encompassing scene-stealing roles in Time Bandits, Return of the Jedi, the Harry Potter franchise and a host of other blockbuster films, stage plays and iconic TV series.

A natural talent, and a consummate professional who’s willing to sacrifice comfort (and occasionally safety!) for the sake of a role, Mike has turned disability (achondroplasia/dwarfism), with all its challenges, into ability. He’s also the glue that held a hundred casts together. Told in his own words, and with a memorable selection of clips, photos and stylised animation, it’s both fascinating and heart-warming. This is a truly joyful cinematic journey.

We are delighted that Mike Edmonds will be joining us for this World Premiere screening, along with other actors and friends from his long and extensive career

ALSO SHOWING: 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.

Victoria Shopping Centre, Genting Casino Westcliff, BTMK Solicitors and Park Inn by Radisson Palace Hotel Southend-on-Sea have kindly sponsored our Opening Gala.


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