sunday 19th september
SILENT COMEDY EXTRAVAGANZA!
Approximate running time 75mins
11AM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM
Festival favourite Adam Ramet, from the Piano Pavilion, Chalkwell, will provide live accompaniment to a wonderful selection of short comedies from the silent era. Expect laughs, thrills and madcap chases galore - all presented on 'real' film!
A Night in the Show (1915): Charlie Chaplin, as the aptly-named Mr. Pest, causes havoc while attending a theatre.
It's a Gift (1923): Snub Pollard is an eccentric inventor who has discovered a replacement for gasoline - with spectacular consequences!
Smile Please (1924): Doubling up as the town's sheriff and photographer, Harry Langdon has to track down an arsonist - while doing the best he can with distinctly unphotogenic in-laws!
A Wireless Lizzie (1926): Another inventor proudly shows off the automatic remote control he has installed in his jalopy. But when he sets out to impress a potential buyer, a rival switches the plugs, and the test drive doesn't quite go according to plan!
Aping the Law (1930): Years before the Brooke Bond chimps, there were the 'Tiffany Chimps' comedies. This sees them 'way out West'.
THE KID WITH A BIKE
Belgium : 87mins : 2011 : Subtitles : Certificate ‘12’
Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne
11AM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE
At about 11, the stubborn and impulsive Cyril seems on his way to delinquency: he has no mother and his father, wanting a new life without him, leaves him in a children’s home. Undaunted, he searches for his father, wanting him and also his bike. Samantha, a hairdresser Cyril happens upon, helps him and offers him a home for the weekends. But he remains aloof and, once he’s got his bike back, he gets involved with a young crook. His future does not look promising.
The directors draw wonderful performances from their entire cast, but Belgian actor Thomas Doret excels as the conflicted Cyril. No wonder this affecting and gripping drama won the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival.
Pier View Self Catering Luxury Apartments have kindly sponsored The Kid with a Bike
+ THE COMPUTER SAYS NO!
UK : 10mins : 2019
Directed by Paul Rodriguez
Gary needs to file his accounts or risk a big fine. But his computer is playing up an ways he could never have imagined and to fix it will test him to the limit.
THE LAUREL & HARDY LAUGHTER SHOW…WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
APPROXIMATELY 105 MINS
1.30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM
Laurel & Hardy are back again, though this year they will be sharing the screen with some very special guests in a cavalcade of comedy that includes, among many others, Buster Keaton, The Marx Brothers, Harold Lloyd and W.C. Fields. Classic scenes have been cherry-picked and a few unusual items will guarantee smiles and laughter. But, of course, Stan and Ollie remain top of the bill, this time in their talkie short Our Wife, which also features former silent comedy stars Babe London and Ben Turpin. So don’t miss this wonderful one-off special!
Thanks to Roger Robinson, of Southend’s ‘Saps at Sea’ Laurel & Hardy group, for devising and presenting this show
Pier View Self Catering Luxury Apartments have kindly sponsored The Laurel & Hardy Laughter Show
UK : 86mins : 2017
Directed by Mick Catmull
1.30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE TICKETS £7.00
For 12 months Mick Catmull followed farmers at work on three small cattle farms in west Cornwall, capturing a way of life under threat from retail giants and modern agribusiness. The family farm has been part of the Cornish landscape since time immemorial - but for how much longer?
Beautifully filmed through the ever changing seasons, the film gently, but unflinchingly, examines the way of life, motivation and challenges faced by these farmers – a dying breed. It moves from calves being born, kicking up their heels on their first day in the great outdoors, running through the fields (“the fresh air gets to them”) then to the market and the passing of life.
It is a moving tribute to a way of life which is passing us by. This powerful film will cause you to think about life and its true value. Officially selected for the Leipzig International Documentary Festival.
Introduced by Director Mick Catmull
UK : 16mins : 2013
Directed by Valerie Mellon
Professor Lee Cronin is obsessed with trying to create synthetic life from inorganic materials like metal and rock. The experiment is called Inorganica. If he succeeds, he'll get the fame and acknowledgement he craves. But people are beginning to question his theory. Is he a genius? Or is he crazy?
SOUTHEND ON STAGE
Approximate running time 105mins
Presented by Chris Izod
4PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM
This is the Premiere of a brand-new film by filmmaker and historian Chris Izod, looking at the history of theatre in our town. From the construction of the first purpose-built theatre on the sea front in 1793, Southend on Stage explores the growth of theatre and performance at no fewer that 18 venues, and the ways theatre has adapted to changing fashions and styles. This fascinating story is told through archive footage and photographs of the many long-gone theatrical venues across the town. How many will you recall? Or perhaps you performed at one or more of them over the years, as part of the town's vibrant amateur dramatics and performing arts community?
Genting Casino Westcliff has kindly sponsored Southend on Stage
+ WHEN EFFORTS BEGINS WITH CEREBRA
UK : 5mins : 2019
Directed by Samuel Turner
Before the Cerebra Innovation Centre won the St. David's Awards in 2019, the animator & director Samuel Turner, who is autistic, wanted to improve his skills by showings his styles of talents and efforts to keep their charity organisations going in Wales. From video editing for film festivals to advertising an awareness at award ceremony's at Thurrock Prince's Trust Team, the magic is back to reality. To represent the 2nd anniversary of this award winning short film, Samuel Turner become the ITV Cymru Fundraiser of the 2020 Winner, after raising £2,000 GBP for Cerebra in helping children with brain conditions in the UK. He introduces the film together with Lost Voice Guy of Britain's Got Talent.
South Africa : 97mins : 2019 : Subtitles : Certificate ‘15’
Directed by Sanele Zulu
4PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE TICKETS £7.00
When life, the law and the woman he once loved separate them, a young man takes matters into his own hands by kidnapping his daughter. But, inevitably, his actions put him on a collision course with that law, and he finds himself in a high-stakes hostage situation.
This independent feature made waves in its first weekend on release, overtaking international films such as the latest in the Fast and the Furious franchise and Jennifer Lopez’s Hustlers in earnings – a first for a locally produced film.
THE LOUDER YOU SCREAM, THE MORE WE SHOW
UK : 90mins : 2020 : Certificate '15'
Directed by Jim Groom
6.30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM
The late, great, all-round entertainer Roy Hudd takes us on a ride through the history of British Fun Fairs and Amusement Parks. Filming at Carter's Steam Fair is supplemented by glorious archive footage from the Pathe vaults. A wonderful nostalgia trip for anyone who has ever enjoyed the Great British fun fair!
We are delighted that this screening will be introduced by Debbie Hudd, widow of Roy Hudd, and the film's Director Jim Groom.
+ THE GREAT PIGGY BANK HEIST
UK : 6mins : 2015
A Beyond Studios Production
A case of mistaken identity at a Glasgow chippy plunges Tammy Ness into the criminal underworld where a puppet pulls the strings. This comedy heist caper written, shot and edited over one weekend as part of The 48 Hour Film Project. The competition was for films featuring a piggy bank, a chip shop worker, and the line “on a scale of one to ten, how would you rate this experience?”
South Korea : 131mins : 2019 : BW : Subtitles : Certificate '15'
Directed by Bong Joon Ho
6.30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE
Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes and the Best Picture Oscar, this justly celebrated black comedy drama focusses on the Kims, a poor family living in a shabby apartment, who inveigle their way into the modernistic home of the wealthy Park family by posing as highly qualified individuals. But can their deception last? And what will become of the developing social relationships?
+ PASSENGERS OF THE WIND
Spain : 8mins : 2019
Directed by Juan Jose del Junco
A couple are ready to fly out to meet a loved one and start a new life. However, while Andrés is fully convinced, María has her doubts.