The highlight was undoubtedly the screening of The Lost Films of the Kursaal. Filmed by Jay Morehouse, owner of this famous amusement park, from the 1940s to the 1960s, they had been thought lost, but were rescued from obscurity and provided us with one of our most exciting Opening Galas.
They were repeated, to another sell-out crowd, during the festival. Another sell-out show was the screening, on 16mm, of the complete print of Laurel & Hardy's classic comedy The Battle of the Century, which had also been thought lost. We were also delighted to welcome collector Mark Joseph, who presented, on 16mm, episodes from TV's Thunderbirds and Space 1999, accompanied by wonderful displays of memorabilia and original models.
By complete contrast, the Closing Gala was the wild and wacky AmStarDam, made by the equally wild and wacky Lennox Brothers! This wonderful comedy provided the perfect finale for what was a terrific festival!