Some Useful & Interesting Websites further afield in Essex:
Essex have A NEW UPGRADED WEBSITE you might find helpful: www.visitessex.com
Also Southend Borough Council and the Business Improvement District (BID) initiative: http://www.visitsouthend.co.uk/
We have also come across the following that might bear a look:
https://www.facebook.com/smallessexproducers/ which speaks for itself
May sees the welcome return of the Southend-
The Festival’s curtain raising gala night on Thursday 23rd May, will see Simon Frith’s Under the Radar: The Mike Edmonds Story given its world premiere. The film looks back on Essex-
After appearing in his first movie role in Ken Loach’s Black Jack (1979), Mike went on to feature in a series of box office smashes; including Time Bandits, Star Wars, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? And Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Born with achondroplasia (dwarfism), Edmonds only discovered acting in his thirties but such was his talent that he toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company -
Under the Radar is a frank, funny and affecting documentary, charting Mike’s childhood in Essex, his early breaks in film and his own perspective on the craft of acting. The film has contributions from fellow stars, including Colin Firth, Sir Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam.
Mike also appeared in the music video for Men Without Hats’ 80s hit, ‘Safety Dance’ and the Festival pays tribute to the legendary record label, Trojan.
Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records celebrates the love affair between Jamaican and British youth culture, through the prism of one of the most Iconic record labels in history. The screening (on Friday 24 May) is complimented with a new music video, starring British rapper Kojey Radical.
For older cinema goers, Southend on Sea Film Festival’s Director, Paul Cotgrove has scheduled some heart-
Families are also well catered for with crackpot capers in The Laurel & Hardy Laughter Show: Stan and Ollie – Unplugged (Monday 27 May), Huggins (25 May) and the award-
In fact, the Festival represents a rare and important platform for world cinema screenings here in Essex. From France there is Roger Vadim’s 1950s masterpiece And God Created Woman (24 May) and the award-
In the 1970s, Bruce Lee transformed martial arts, such as karate and wing chun, into a cultural phenomenon via string of hit movies. Continuing Lee’s legacy – after his tragic death in 1973 – are two brand new films; Lonewolf: The Awakening and The Liberator Fights Back. Both were made by Southend-
Giving local, UK and international independent film makers an opportunity to screen their films to new and appreciative audiences is at the very core of Southend on Sea Film Festival’s ethos, so it is exciting to see that Paul Cotgrove and his team have again programmed a plethora of films from up-
The closing gala on Monday 27 May, will act as a major showcase for new independent films from a variety of genres, with seven being screened that used Southend-
Life After Operation Whirlwind is a fascinating documentary that sheds light on the history of over two thousand Hungarian emigres who fled their homeland in 1956, after an attempted revolution was crushed by Soviet forces. Many ended up in the UK and settled down in Southend. One was a fighting hero, another a champion wrestler but most were simply ‘ordinary’ people seeking a peaceful life far from the mixed memories of communism. Attila Kiraly’s moving film is not only about six-
Battles of a different kind are also unflinchingly studied in three very different works; Smack Edd is a harrowing depiction of drug addiction, while Life After is a serious drama about someone who commits suicide and the effect their death has on the friends and family they leave behind. On the same bill is Michelle Passfield’s film, Circle of Support. Made in association with Southend Mind, it explains about the amount of local support that is available for people with mental health problems.
Commenting on the various strands to this year’s Festival, Director Paul Cotgrove says: “It may be a bit of a cliché but I do believe there’s something for everyone in this year’s programme. From documentaries to gritty beat-
Of course, at the Festival’s heart is the opportunity to see new work by leading independent film makers covering a broad range of themes, subjects and genres. These elements are what makes the Festival very special and essential viewing for all kinds of movie fans.”
For full listings, details about venues and where to buy tickets, go to www.southendfilmfestival.com