sunday 29th may
'REEL FILM' PRESENTATION: THE LOST WORLD
11:00AM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM : TICKETS £7.00
The Lost World (1925)
See the mighty prehistoric monsters clash with modern lovers in a most remarkable story of love, romance and amazing adventure. A stupendous story of the discovery of a lost section of the earth in which monster prehistoric creatures still exist!
Monsters We Have Known And Loved (1964)
Hollywood and the stars documentary
Both films shown in spectacular Super 8 format
UK : 65m : 2019 : BW: Certificate 'U'
Directed by Andrea Lodovichetti
11.00AM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE : TICKETS £7.00
Hauntingly beautiful documentary profiling the fishermen who sail out of small ports in Italy to face the challenges of the oceans – and who wouldn’t have it any other way. Bringing in the day’s catch is a hard, tough life, but they face the challenges with admirable fortitude.
+ THE PORT OF OLD LEIGH
This film takes a look at Old Leigh, 'yesterday, today and tomorrow'. Archive footage is accompanied by interviews with inhabitants and workers, who give this close-knit community its unique character.
Introduced by Festival Director Paul Cotgrove.
SELLING THE CITY
1.30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM : TICKETS £7.00
Using archive film and photos a look at how Southend has been sold as a holiday and day trip destination. Originally in brochures and posters and later in glass plate slide presentations. We will be showing the actual promotional films that were taken around the country and projected in town and church halls on 16mm. Also showing “Southend-on-Sea The Place To Be”, a 30min film celebrating a year of special events in Southend in 1989 and featuring the Southend Air show, the carnival and last ever Southend Raft Race. Finally a promotional film produced last year celebrating the way our city is moving forward still as a prime leisure destination.
Introduced by Chris Izod
USA : 115mins : 2020 : Certificate 'PG'
Directed by Lee Isaac Chung
1.30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE : TICKETS £7.00
In the 1980s, yearning to own his own farm, Jacob Yi relocates his Korean-American family from California to rural Arkansas to capture the ‘American Dream’. New beginnings are always challenging, but, amid broken promises, cultural unease and the ever-present threat of financial disaster, Jacob is convinced he has found his own slice of Eden in the rich, dark soil. And perhaps his grandmother’s native minari (water parsley) will help…
GERRY AND SYLVIA ANDERSON ON FILM!
4.00PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM : TICKETS £7.00
Super-fan Mark Joseph presents a triple bill of shows from three iconic TV series:
Space 1999 (1975) "War Games"
Moonbase Alpha is attacked and devastated by warships from a nearby planet.
Four Feather Falls (1960) "Indian Attack" and "Trouble In Yellow Gulch"
Sheriff Tex Tucker makes sure all is well in Four Feather Falls with the help of his dog Dusty and Rocky the horse.
Thunderbirds (1965) "Pit Of Peril"
An accident causes an enormous, and unwieldy, US Army prototype vehicle to topple into a burning landfill, helpless to extricate itself.
All films shown in 16mm format
France : 107mins : 2019 : Part sub-titled : Certificate 'PG'
Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda
4.00PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE : TICKETS £7.00
Famous film star Fabienne reigns over men who love and admire her – and then publishes her memoirs. Horrified, her daughter rushes over from New York, with her husband and young child in tow, to confront her mother: a confrontation that leads to accounts being settled, loves and resentments being confessed – and truths coming out. This wonderful film stars Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche, with Ethan Hawke as the hapless husband.
+ WE ARE THE LOST GIRLS
6 mins : Directed by Steve Downey
This film by Steve Downey features the poem "We are the Lost Girls", written and performed by Christina Jane ["C. J "]. Both Steve and Christina are on the Autism Spectrum, but were not diagnosed until they were adults. This late diagnosis helped to explain the challenges they had both experienced when children, growing up and later as adults. It is now widely recognised that traditionally it was believed that it was primarily boys who were autistic, not girls. As such many women and girls with autism were not diagnosed and therefore had to cope as best they could without proper support. These are the "Lost Girls". This is the first of a series of films about autism and ADHD, planned to be created by Steve and Christina over the next year.
THE RIVER THAMES A LIQUID HIGHWAY
UK : 120mins : 2021
Directed by Jim Groom
6.30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM : TICKETS £7.00
The entire length of Britain’s non-tidal River Thames, all 123 twisting and winding miles, has rarely been explored via the medium of film: until now. This wonderful documentary takes a fascinating look at the people, the places and the events that make the river a rich and vibrant environment. Taking in all the seasons, and including hitherto unseen archive footage, this is a particularly fascinating exploration of the people who make a living from the river, and the problems they face.
Norway : 78mins : 2016 : English Language : Certificate 'U'
Directed by Benjamin Ree
6.30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE : TICKETS £7.00
Norwegian chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen became a grandmaster at 13 and world champion in 2013. This fascinating documentary explores his drive, passion and individuality, helping us to understand how and why he became the number 1 chess player in the world.