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The White Bus Ltd

The Old Waterworks,
North Road,

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We are Southend based, with our roots firmly planted in the local community. We specialise in film and video production, distribution and exhibition. We are also heavily involved in education, running courses on subjects as varied as camera lighting, editing and scriptwriting.

To the local film going public we are perhaps best known for our monthly Sunday film shows at the Palace Theatre, Westcliff, and many other screenings in South East Essex. We are also delighted to present, each January, ‘Horror-on-Sea’, a festival showcasing new independent horror films - do check out

We are based at TAP, a temporary arts centre in an old Victorian water works, where we have our office and Cinema. The Cinema is available for private hire for previews, birthday parties, etc. Our Archive is home to over 3,000 reels of 16mm and 35mm film, comprising over 270 British feature films, an extensive collection of material by iconic director Lindsay Anderson (whose drama documentary The White Bus inspired our company name) and hundreds of short films, documentaries and cartoons. Selections from the Archive are shown every Wednesday evening from 7pm. These are public shows, and admission is free, so please do join us! The films in the Archive are also available for private viewing in the Cinema.

Do please get in touch if you would like to know more about our activities.

Paul Cotgrove
Managing Director: The White Bus Ltd
Festival Director: Southend-on-Sea Film Festival and Horror on Sea Film Festival

Festival Team

Festival Director : Paul Cotgrove
Front of House Manager : David Simpson
Financial Director : Stephen Podgorney
Funding Manager : Giles Tofield
Programming : Paul Cotgrove
Public Relations : Tracy Jones
Brochure Editor & Programme Notes : David Simpson
Website Design & Development : Richard Laverick
Brochure Design & Development : Lucy Player
Sponsorship Liaison : Neil Harding
Social Media Manager : Tom Brown
Festival Animation Ident : Aaron Foster
Photography : Niki Cornish
Festival Press Video : Tom Brown & Richmond Nyarko
Projection Team : Richard Laverick & Heather Martin
Festival Assistants : Chris Roberts, Tina Cotgrove, Heather Lucy, Daisy Howarth, Lynn Curme, Jane Brown, Roger Robinson, Yasmin Paterson, Paul Lupton & Jan Brown

South Essex College : Festival Technical Support :
Technical Department :
Brian Warrens & Guy Douglas
Media Department : Sam Summerson, Sofia Pileci & Tony Sweeney
Media Technical Coordinator : Luke Mason
Marketing Department : Jo Taylor

Special Thanks :
Rebekah Louisa Smith - The Film Festival Doctor
David Holloway

Please email if you wish to contact any member of the team

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