Closing Gala: UNDER THE RADAR: THE MIKE EDMONDS STORY
Park Inn Palace Hotel / Monday 30th May / 8.30pm / £5
UK : 60mins : 2016 : Certificate ‘U’
We are delighted to present the World Premiere of this wonderful documentary about one of Southend’s favourite sons. Since getting his first break in Ken Loach's Black Jack (1979), Mike Edmonds has stolen scenes in some of cinema's biggest films (Time Bandits, Return of the Jedi, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Harry Potter and more) and worked extensively in theatre, TV and radio. A true “actor's actor” who's also a huge hit with fans, he's met the challenges imposed by achondroplasia (or dwarfism) with his immense talent and a true dedication to the craft.
This fascinating and warm-hearted documentary follows Mike from his early life in rural Essex (and dreams of joining the circus) to a life-changing decision to answer an advert for “midgets” in ‘The Stage’. The career that followed has been truly remarkable. Along with his fine acting skills, Mike's athleticism, endurance and sheer good humour have made him a favourite of countless cast members, directors and crew. Told in Mike's own words, and with a memorable selection of clips, photos and stylised animation, Under The Radar includes contributions from an army of friends and collaborators including Terry Gilliam, Star Wars producer Robert Watts, actors Danny John Jules, Arti Shah and Jeremy “Boba Fett” Bulloch.
We are delighted that Mike Edmonds and director Simon Frith will join us to introduce the screening and take part in a Q&A afterwards.
ALSO SHOWING: ACROSS THE SEA
On a bus in London, a boy steals a phone from a young mother. After browsing its contents, he becomes curious, and begins to follow her. But what are his intentions and where will this obsession lead?
Director Kelly Robinson will introduce this screening.
AND: LE CHEF
World Premiere. An Englishman pretending to be a qualified French chef…can prove to be disastrous. Introduced by director Alexander Abineri.
Grosvenor Casino Southend has kindly sponsored our Closing Gala. Following the screening, ticket holders are cordially invited to an after-show reception at Grosvenor Casino.