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I am delighted to welcome you to the eighth annual Southend-on-Sea Film Festival, the largest film festival in Essex.

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, both World Premieres. For our Opening Gala I have been delighted to select London Heist, a powerful, fast-paced thriller starring Craig Fairbrass. This will be the centrepiece of this prestigious black tie event, at which you will have the chance to walk up the red carpet alongside our many guests. And our Closing Gala will showcase one of Southend’s favourite sons, actor Mike Edmonds, when we proudly present the affectionate and heart-warming documentary Under the Radar: The Mike Edmonds Story.

New British features are sprinkled throughout the festival, together with the usual mix of World Cinema, classics, documentaries, children’s films and audience favourites. And you’ll find many of the features are supported by short films, all of which, I am delight ed to say, are from the UK, emphasising just how much talent there is in our own industry.

Of course, 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

Buying Tickets

For on-line ticket sales click here for the Opening Gala screening of London Heist, and here for tickets to all screenings at the Park Inn Palace Hotel.

Tickets for the Opening Gala are not available from the Odeon.


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In addition to the many celebrities and guests who will be joining Festival Patron RAY WINSTONE for the Opening Gala we will also be welcoming the following very special guests to this year’s festival:

Alexander Abineri, director, Le Chef
Mark Baxter, writer/producer, Tubby Hayes – A Man in a Hurry
Keith Bonsor, director/producer/DJ, Essex Disco Fever
Molly Brown, director/animator, The Weird World of Molly Brown
Tony Burke, director, Him
Stuart Burrell, escapologist, All That for a Piece of Paper
Simon Cluett, scriptwriter, Bonded by Blood 2
Niki Cornish, director, Revealing Silent Stories
Dick De Vigne, nightclub owner/DJ, Essex Disco Fever
Daryl Easlea, music writer/DJ, Essex Disco Fever
Ben Edmond, director, The Family Outing
Charles Edmond, producer, The Family Outing
Mike Edmonds, actor, Under the Radar: The Mike Edmonds Story
Robert Farrow, film researcher, The Lost Films of Peter Sellers
David Fox, director, All That for a Piece of Paper
Simon Frith, director, Under the Radar: The Mike Edmonds Story
Andrew Gilbert, director, Estate
Julian Hundy, producer, Estate
Chris Izod, cinema historian, More Essex Connections
Tom King, journalist, Moby Dick
Kate Lane, director, Fear of Water
Adam J. Merrifield, producer, K-Shop

Nancy Paton, director, Post Partum and Daisy
Bernd Porr, director, Anna Unbound
Liam Saint-Pierre, director, The Reinvention of Normal
Ian Reading, DJ, Essex Disco Fever
Kelly Robinson, director, Across the Sea
Roger Robinson, author, The Laurel & Hardy Laughter Show
Simon Sheridan, producer/director, Respectable: The Mary
Millington Story and Come Play With Me
SNOWBOY, percussionist/DJ, Tubby Hayes – A Man in a Hurry
Martin Stitt, director, Love Me Do
Mike Tack, director, Mr. Samhain
Darren Thomas, director, The Dream Key: Eclipse
Rebecca Tranter, producer, Fear of Water
Adam Wilson, director, Holt

All guest appearances are subject to work commitments

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