saturday 10 june
THE HISTORY OF TRANSPORT ON THE THAMES
Presented by Bob Dalgarno
11.00 AM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM : TICKETS £7.00
In this special presentation, local historian Bob Dalgarno will take a look at life on the River Thames through the eyes of enthusiasts with their trusty 8mm cine cameras. We will see fascinating footage of the Royal Docks, the old Woolwich ferry and the Tilbury to Gravesend ferry. There will also be film of life on a working Thames barge, and a promotional film about the-then new London Gateway development. Bob will finish off with footage of the fondly remembered Royal Sovereign, as it steams from Tower Pier to Southend.
FATHER OF MY CHILDREN
France : 1h 46m : 2009 : Subtitles : Certificate '12'
Directed by Mia Hansen-Love
11.00 AM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE : TICKETS £7.00
In this family drama Gregoire, a movie producer of great charm, and Sylvia, his Italian wife, try desperately to hold their family together in the face of mounting debts. As the family fractures, and their oldest daughter becomes increasingly estranged, how do they pick up the pieces? This powerful film deservedly won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes.
Presented by Chris Izod
1.30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM : TICKETS £7.00
Local historian Chris Izod will introduce his new documentary, which focuses on the Canvey floods in January 1953. Interviews with those who were there, newsreel footage and photographs have been brought together to tell the full story of this devastating event, on its 70th anniversary.
Supported by Southend Calling, Chris’ history of Southend’s Carnival (27mins)
Sri Lanka : 1h 44m : 2008 : Subtitles : Certificate '15'
Directed by Uberto Pasolini
1.30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE : TICKETS £7.00
A group of desperate slum dwellers, living on the margins of society under impossible pressures, find an invitation to a handball tournament in Bavaria to be the answer to their prayers. If all goes well, this should provide a one way ticket to the West, and the wealth that will solve all their problems. If all goes well…
Introduced by guests from Art of the Village
UK : 1h 25m : 2021 : Certificate '12'
Directed by Richard Sandling
4.00PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM : TICKETS £7.00
During the first Covid lockdown Richard decides to put the time to good use and get back into his acting, music and comedy. One day, via Zoom, preparing his ‘big’ presentation, he encounters friends, family - and aliens?! - all with their own stories and attitudes. Benfleet-based Richard Sandling takes the lead and directed this wonderfully naturalistic sci-fi comedy that everyone can relate to.
Denmark : 1h 29m : 2021 : Subtitles : Certificate '15'
Directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen
4.00PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE : TICKETS £7.00
Amin arrived in Denmark from Afghanistan as a minor. Now 36, he is a successful academic and is getting married to his long-time boyfriend. But a secret he has been hiding for 20 years threatens to ruin his new life. This animated drama tells the true story about a man's need to confront his past, in order to truly have a future.
+ VIPERS' NEST
UK : 8m : Director Molly Brown
As this week's group of wannabe entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to the Vipers, one or two things go wrong. Will any of them get an offer? Or
+ ARCADIA LASTS
UK : 16m : Director Aaron Shrimpton
A teenager, Katy, gets cajoled into skipping school by a friend, Bobbi, both escaping for very different reasons. Katy eventually finds out Bobbi has used her to meet a boy, creating a problem they both have to confront.
MOSTLY MADE IN SOUTHEND PART 1
6.30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM : TICKETS £7.00
What talent we have! Ten locally made short films for you to enjoy.
+ SPLIT CHECK
UK : 5m : Director Dan Keeble
This micro-short features Alice Ryan as the conflicted Rachel, meeting for lunch with her supportive best friend Nikki, played by Samantha Anderson as they discuss signing her divorce papers.
+ WAITING FOR GATEAU
UK : 8m : Director James Wilsher
A re-telling of Beckett’s famous play, only Gordon and Diddy are waiting for a cake. While they wait they talk life, death, dreams and desserts.
+ THE MONSTER
UK : 8m : Director Simba Masaku
A therapist finds herself alone in the middle of the night with an unexpected guest forcing her to face up to her own truths.
UK : 6m : Director Steve Downey
A short film based on a poem about ADHD, written and performed by Christina Jane. This is the second of a series of 4 films about Autism and ADHD by Steve and Christina, who are both on the Autism spectrum, but were not diagnosed until adulthood. So far Invisible has won 20 awards from film festivals throughout the world.
+ LITTLE LOVE
UK : 17m : Director Dave Watts
Damaged by the horrors of war, an army veteran and an asylum seeker struggle to find their place in society; their paths colliding in an unexpected way.
+ TEAM MENTALITY
UK : 15m : Director Luke Jennings
This fascinating documentary profiles the underrated sport of tug of war, showing how teamwork and the comraderie improves mental health.
+ SHORT FILM
UK : 8m : Director Richard Sandling
A short film about short films. Richard Sandling's award winning comedy film pokes fun at the tropes and cliches of many short films and their filmmakers.
+ WRONG NUMBER
UK : 9m : Director James Wilsher
Craig calls a girl he met in a bar, only the woman who answers is not who he expects.
+ RAISING THE STAKES: UNDERGROUND POKER IN ESSEX
UK : 12m : Director Paul Sussex
Take a look inside this underground poker room that emerged in Essex as a result of the pandemic. With legal card rooms and casinos not reopening immediately after lockdown, a group of poker players decided to start their own game. As the stakes get higher, tensions rise and the organisers must navigate the risks of running an illegal gambling operation.
+ THE LINE
UK : 22m : Director Sharon Williams
This gritty and moving short film is about a young boy caught up in a county lines gang and the impact this has on his family and friends.
Germany : 1h 46m : 2018 : Subtitles : Certificate '15'
Directed by Florian David Fitz
6.30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE : TICKETS £7.00
In this bittersweet drama, best friends Toni and Paul decide to relinquish all their possession for 100 days, taking them back one item per day. However, it’s not long before they realise that the one thing they cannot be without is their friendship, in this charming quest for the truly important things in life.
Kindly sponsored by Pier View Self Catering Luxury Apartments
MOSTLY MADE IN SOUTHEND PART 2
9.00PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM : TICKETS £7.00
Another ten short films, mostly locally made, for you to enjoy!
QUO VADIS, AIDA?
Bosnia : 1h 40m : 2020 : Subtitles : Certificate '15'
Directed by Jasmila Zbanic
9.00PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE : TICKETS £7.00
Bosnia, July 1995. Aida is a translator for the UN, based in Srebrenica. When the Serbian army invades, her family is among thousands seeking shelter in the UN camp. Conflicted, Aida needs to continue her work, while agonising over the future for her family: rescue or death? This powerful war drama was deservedly nominated for the Oscar for Best International Feature.
Kindly sponsored by Pier View Self Catering Luxury Apartments
+ A LEGAL KINDNESS
UK : 25m : Director Pratt Hewitt
She is eleven, American and her mother is dead. The only home she has ever known is in a small French village, her only next of kin a cousin her mother rightly despised.
Can her mother’s estranged husband, a washed-up actor, somehow save her?
UK : 6m : Director Simon Cluett
Mya’s inability to sleep turns out to be the least of her problems when Earth is invaded by aliens.
UK : 4m : Director James Wilsher
A woman lets her curiosity get the better of her when she sees she can’t access an intriguing looking building.
UK : 12m : Director David Gardner
A man tries to escape his family issues and the mystery attacker who keeps kicking him in the nuts.
+ THE DARK PONDERINGS OF A DESPERATE MAN ABOUT TO MAKE THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION OF HIS LIFE
UK : 4m : Director Harvey Shead-Jones
A desperate man contemplates the most important decision of his life, but once that choice is made, there is no turning back.
+ FATHER MOTHER DAUGHTER OTHER
UK : 10m : Director James Wilsher
A family is pulled apart when a rebellious daughter forces an emotional wedge between her parents, leading to a disturbing conclusion.
+ WHAT WE SHARE
UK : 12m : Director Maya Avidov
When Brian returns to home after being released from prison he's confronted by his daughter Deborah. Their exchange reveals what lies beneath their heartache and anger caused by the death of the missing matriarch.
+ THE STAINLESS STEEL SOUL
UK : 7m : Director Rory Joscelyne
In a future where Serotonin is taxed, a dangerous exchange takes places for possession of an amulet, laden with downloaded emotions.
+ LITTLE MARY
UK : 17m : Director Duncan Paveling
After a diagnosis of cancer, Mary, an experienced marionette maker, turns to her craft and beloved husband Neil, as a way to deal with her grief.
+ IN ABSENTIA
UK : 14m : Director Charles Sharman-Cox
On the morning of his wedding, one week before D-Day in 1944, a young gunner is having second thoughts. Sixty years later an old man goes missing. What links these two events? Only the old man’s daughter can discover that, but first she has to find him.