Southend-on-Sea Film Festival 2014
The 2014 Southend-on-Sea Film Festival will take place over the first spring Bank Holiday, from Friday 2nd to Monday 5th May. As usual, we will be presenting a diverse programme, everything from classics to the most recent independent productions, with documentaries, World cinema, family favourites, and much more, in between. However, the ‘Really Big News’ (see below) is that we will be presenting, at our Opening Gala, no fewer than three comedy shorts, featuring Peter Sellers, that have been thought lost for over 50 years. This truly historic screening, digitally re-mastered from the original 35mm prints, will take place at the Odeon on Thursday 1st May – and you won’t want to miss it!
Southend-on-Sea Film Festival 2013!
Following last year’s great success I’ve been busy sourcing films and special guests for this year’s Southend-on-Sea Film Festival, and I’m delighted to say it has all come together rather well! Given our focus on new British independent films I am delighted that heart-warming drama Borrowed Time will be our red-carpet Opening Gala film, while NFA (‘No Fixed Abode’), which takes a thoughtful look at homelessness and mental health, will be our Closing Gala. In between we’ll be presenting the usual wide range of films, from thrillers, family comedies and classics to World Cinema and documentaries, with plenty of guests and filmmakers in attendance to introduce their films. There’s also an extensive ‘fringe’ festival stretching for a week or so either side of the main event.
Southend Film Festival will run over the first May Bank Holiday, from Friday 3rd May to Monday 6th May. The Gala Opening Night film will be at the Odeon, on Thursday 2nd May. Public tickets will again be available so you can rub shoulders with the stars. These will cost £12 (there are only 100 available so, once they are on sale, don’t delay!); all other tickets (including NFA, our Closing Gala) will be £4. We are pleased, in these difficult times, to be able to keep the festival as accessible as possible. There will also be the usual extensive ‘fringe’ events.
2nd April – Tickets for films at the Palace Theatre now on sale
Tickets are now on sale for all the Festival films at the Palace Theatre and Dixon Studio – a complete list can be found on the theatre’s website at https://southendtheatres.org.uk/Online/default.asp. We hope that tickets will be available from Monday (from the Council’s e-shop) for the Opening Gala and the films at the Park Inn Palace Hotel. The printed Festival brochures should also be available from early next week. Keep checking back for further updates.
4th April – Phil Davis to join us for the Opening Gala!
We are delighted that Phil Davis (Vera Drake/Another Year; TV’s Whitechapel, Silk and Being Human) will be joining fellow stars Theo Barklem-Biggs and Juliet Oldfield – and Festival Patron Ray Winstone – at our Opening Gala presentation of their new film Borrowed Time. Phil and Ray appeared in Quadrophenia back in 1979, so this should be an interesting reunion!