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THE LAUREL & HARDY LAUGHTER SHOW
AUTO ANTICS!

Park Inn Palace Hotel Ballroom
Monday 30th May : 1pm : £5

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THE LAUREL & HARDY LAUGHTER SHOW: AUTO ANTICS!
 
This year we are taking our lives in our hands and having a look at how our favourite comedians got into trouble with their cars! Three of their very best sound shorts – Perfect Day, Going Bye-Bye and County Hospital – will be supported by You Ought to be in Pictures (a Looney Tunes cartoon featuring Laurel & Hardy), fun adverts for Anco wiper blades (featuring L&H look-a-likes) and a L&H ‘Cars’ compilation. So jump into your Model ‘T’ Ford, crank up the engine, and we’ll see you for another terrific, laughter-filled show!

Thanks to Roger Robinson, of Southend’s ‘Saps at Sea’ L&H group, for devising and presenting this show


Tubby Hayes

TUBBY HAYES: A MAN IN A HURRY

UK : 55mins : 2015 : Certificate ’U’
Directed by Lee Cogswell

+ The Reinvention of Normal

Royal View Suite
Monday 30th May : 1pm : £5

TUBBY HAYES: A MAN IN A HURRY

This fascinating documentary, charting the life and times of perhaps Britain’s greatest jazz exponent, includes exclusive interviews with people who worked and gigged with Tubby, as well as his many and varied fans. A professional jazz musician at just fifteen, by his untimely death at thirty-eight, Edward Brian ‘Tubby’ Hayes had left behind a body of work which has proven to be an inspiration to many like-minded musicians today. For ten years from the mid-1950s, Tubby became a household name. However, years of overwork, drug abuse and ill health culminated in his untimely death in June 1973.

Introduced by Afro-Cuban percussionist, bandleader and DJ Snowboy and writer/ producer Mark Baxter

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The Reinvention of Normal

Introduced by director Liam Saint-Pierre

 


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MORE ESSEX CONNNECTIONS

Park Inn Palace Hotel Ballroom
Monday 30th May : 3.30pm : £5

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MORE ESSEX CONNNECTIONS

We are delighted to welcome back local cinema historian Chris Izod.

This year, he will be taking a look at personalities with Essex connections. To name but a few, these will include actors as diverse as Jeremy Lloyd, Phil Davis, Don Stannard (the hero in Friday’s Dick Barton at Bay), Shane Rimmer, Peter Firmin and Jamie Winstone (daughter of Festival Patron Ray), entertainers such as Sandie Shaw, Billy Bragg, Will Gaines, Ivy Benson, Bombardier Billy Wells and Paul Simon (who wrote ‘The Sound of Silence’ in a Brentwood pub!) and eccentric innovator and aviator Noel Pemberton Billing, who produced and wrote High Treason (1929), based on his play – and set out to construct an airfield at Fambridge! This fascinating, fully illustrated talk will also include a couple of Look at Life episodes.    
 


Le Havre

LE HAVRE

France : 93mins : 2011 : Subtitles : Certificate ’PG’
Directed by Aki Kaurismaki

+ The Weird World of Molly Brown (Part 2)

Introduced by director/animator Molly Brown

Royal View Suite
Monday 30th May : 3.30pm : £5

LE HAVRE

In this warm-hearted portrait of the French harbour city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a well-spoken bohemian who works as a shoe shiner. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville and Marcel Carné, Le Havre is a charming, deadpan delight, a lovely, feel-good film with a big heart.

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The Weird World of Molly Brown (Part 2)

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Introduced by director/animator Molly Brown

 


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THE LOST FILMS OF PETER SELLERS

UK : 83mins : 2016 : Certificate ‘12’

+ Daisy

Park Inn Palace Hotel Ballroom
Monday 30th May : 6pm : £5

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THE LOST FILMS OF PETER SELLERS

By popular demand, we present a further screening of the films that took the 2014 festival by storm! These three comedy shorts, starring the legendary Peter Sellers, were made in his formative years in the late 1950s. Two of them, Dearth of a Salesman and Insomnia is Good for You, were thought to have been lost, while the third, Cold Comfort, had not been seen for many years. Remarkably, all three were famously rescued from a skip by Robert Farrow, who then contacted festival director Paul Cotgrove. The rest, as they say, is history, with two sell-out screenings attesting to the massive interest in, and enduring popularity of, this most gifted of actor/comedians. So do join us for a further screening of these wonderful films.

Introduced by Robert Farrow

Daisy

Introduced by director Nancy Paton

 


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LES COMBATTANTS

France : 97mins : 2014 : Subtitles : Certificate ’15’
Directed by Thomas Cailley

+ The Dream Key: Eclipse

Introduced by director Darren Thomas

Royal View Suite
Monday 30th May : 6pm : £5

LES COMBATTANTS

Between his friends and the family business, Arnaud’s summer looks set to be a peaceful one in his dead-end seaside town. Peaceful, that is, until he runs into a fight with Madeleine: a hot-tempered survival fanatic who throws him to the ground while, in a more romantic sense, sweeping him off his feet. The stage is thus set for aimless,
easy-going Arnaud to collide with feisty, waiting-for-Armageddon Madeleine! A vibrant and acerbically funny subversion of romantic comedy norms, French filmmaker Thomas Cailley’s debut feature is a smart and unorthodox take on young love that took the top prize at ‘Directors’ Fortnight’ during the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.

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The Dream Key: Eclipse

The mysterious Fisher (Richard Sandling) inhabits a bizarre subterranean world, where Fisher truly is king. The beautiful Eva (Megan Jones) is the latest victim of Fisher  - imprisoned for hours on end behind bars and  forced to dance nightly for his pleasure; and like those who came before her - she wishes only to escape from her captivity and the monstrous Fisher. Can  her discovery of the dream key finally unlock the secrets of the freedom she so desperately seeks, and can she avoid the fate that has befallen those who are condemned to live in the zone of  shadows?
This short film explores theme of gender identity and transformation. It was originally conceived as part of the practice element of  writer/director Darren Thomas's PhD on gender identity and surrealist cinema.
 

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Introduced by director Darren Thomas

 


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