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I am delighted to welcome you to the seventh annual Southend-on-Sea Film Festival.

One of the key features of our festivals is that they showcase new British films, as a reminder that our indigenous film
industry can produce some outstanding works. This year, two cases in point are our Gala night presentations. For our
Opening Gala I have been delighted to select Age of Kill, a riveting, fast-paced thriller starring Martin Kemp. This will be the centrepiece of this prestigious black tie event, at which you will have the chance to walk up the red carpet longside our many guests. And our Closing Gala will showcase Still, a powerful drama about a man whose life is spiralling out of control.

In between these very special evenings, the main festival includes the usual mix of World Cinema, classics,
documentaries, children’s films, audience favourites and more new British features. Many of the films will be introduced by the filmmakers, and there are also a number of special presentations, with speakers introducing topics as diverse as Houdini, Southend on Film, Cinemas in films and 1980s British horror films.

None of this would be possible without the support that you, and our sponsors, provide, and I thank you all most sincerely.

I really do hope there is ‘something for everyone’, and the Festival Team and I look forward to welcoming you to the
Southend-on-Sea Film Festival.

Paul Cotgrove : Festival Director


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In addition to the many guests and celebrities who will be joining us at our Opening Gala presentation of Age of Kill, we will be welcoming the following very special guests to this year’s festival:

TRACEY ADAM, producer, Don’t Miss the Cup
OLIVER BAGNALL, composer/actor, Kingdomfall
MICHAEL BERWICK, producer/editor, My Horrible Love
SIMON BLAKE, writer/director, Still
ANNIE BURKIN, actress, Blood and Carpet
NEILSON BLACK, writer/director, Set Point
STUART BURRELL, escapologist, Houdini: The Man from Beyond
DARRELL BUXTON, author, Sex Death and Celebrities: 1980s British
Horror Cinema
WALTER MARTYN CABELL, writer/director, Blanche Dumas from B to Z
EMMA-ROSA DIAS, director, For the Love of Mod Tokyo and For the Love of Mod
DARYL EASLEA, music consultant, Rude Boy
BEN EDMOND, actor, My Horrible Love
CHARLES EDMOND, writer/director, My Horrible Love
GRAHAM FLETCHER-COOKE, director, Blood and Carpet
JAMES HILLS, director, Kingdomfall
CHRIS IZOD, cinema historian, The Cinema is the Star!
TIM KEELING, writer/director, Yoke Farm
DARREN KENT, actor/director, Abusing Protocol
TOM KING, journalist, The Face of Fu Manchu
BEN LETTIERI, director/actor, The Liberator
JASON LONG, writer, Hardwood , co-writer, Walk All Over Me, writer/director, Like Sunday Morning  and writer, Defensive Aggressive,(Unable to attend)

KURT LUCE, actor, My Horrible Love
TIM MACKENZIE-SMITH, producer/director, Perfect State
KAREN OUGHTON, film lecturer, Sex, Death and Celebrities: 1980s British Horror Cinema
CASS PENNANT, producer, Beverley
RYAN PHILPOTT, actor, Perfect State
ROSE POLLY, actress, My Horrible Love
STEVE RAINBOW, writer/director, iWitness
STUART RENFREW, director, Don’t Miss the Cup
PHIL REYNOLDS, writer/director, Until Now
ROGER ROBINSON, author, The Laurel & Hardy Laughter Show
HETTY BAYNES RUSSELL, actress, Blanche Dumas from A to Z
GEORGE SAVVIDES, actor, Yoke Farm
JON JAMES SMITH, cinematographer, My Horrible Love
CHRIS TAYLOR, film historian, Southend: 100 Years on Film
ROGER TAYLOR, composer, Solitary
SARINA TAYLOR, producer/actress, Solitary
ALEXANDER THOMAS, writer/director, Beverley


All guest appearances are subject to work commitments



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