USA : 105mins : 1988 : Certificate ‘PG’ Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Park Inn Palace Hotel Ballroom Saturday 28th May : 1pm : £5
WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT
It’s 1947 Hollywood. Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), a down on his luck detective, is hired to find proof that Marvin Acme, gag factory mogul and owner of Toontown, is playing hanky panky with femme fatale Jessica Rabbit, wife of Maroon Cartoon superstar, Roger Rabbit. When Acme is found murdered all fingers point to Roger, and the sinister, power-hungry Judge Doom sets out to bring him to justice. Featuring Southend’s Mike Edmonds, our Closing Gala guest, and the fabulous State cinema, Grays, this wonderfully delightful film is deliciously outrageous fun the whole family will enjoy.
Oscar and Golden Globe nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, this is a powerful and eloquent statement on the futility of bloodshed over racial and ethnic divisions. Set in 1992, during the growing conflict between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists, this compassionate story focuses on two Estonian immigrant farmers who refuse to flee Georgia, staying on to harvest their tangerine crop. When the fighting arrives at their doorsteps, they treat two wounded soldiers from opposite sides. During their extended period of convalescence, the enemies are forced to confront the reasons that fuel their hatred for each other, and also the conflict that rages around them.
Introduced by director Nancy Paton
UK : 89mins : 2015 : Certificate ‘15’ Directed by Bernd Porr
+Thin White Line Director: Ben Lettieri / 8 min 5 secs
Park Inn Palace Hotel Ballroom Saturday 28th May : 3.30pm : £5
Anna leaves Athens to live with her boyfriend in Glasgow, but her new life triggers traumatic memories. Then, as she descends into violent paranoia, Anna realises that one of her new co-workers holds the key to her past. This powerful psychological thriller, that taps into the current economic crisis in Greece before relocating to striking and dramatic locations in Scotland, was nominated as Best Drama Feature at Cinefest, where lead actress Vasso Georgiadou won the Best Actress award.. As co-worker Ruth, actress Sharon Osdin deservedly won Best Supporting Actress at Film Fest International.
Introduced by director Bernd Porr
Thin White Line
The dark thrilling story of an old-time dirty cop in the drugs squad and the young detective who investigates him, but is enticed to also cross the line into criminality.
Confronted with the failed ethics of the war on drugs and riches within arms reach, cross and double-cross aren't far behind. Friends and rivals on a dark path, will either win out or redeem themselves when the stakes get higher?
Iran : 82mins : 2015 : Subtitles : Certificate ‘12’ Directed by Jafar Panahi + The Weird World of Molly Brown (Part 1)
Royal View Suite Saturday 28th May : 3.30pm : £5
When you are a filmmaker and you have been banned by your government for making films, and spent time under house arrest, what are you to do? Jafar Panahi came up with the obvious solution: become a taxi driver – or, rather, pretend to become a taxi driver, so you could drive around the busy streets of Tehran picking up passengers and recording their conversations. Along with his diverse subjects, who include teachers, students and pirate DVD sellers, Panahi discusses the social challenges that Iranian citizens face on a daily basis. The resultant work sheds a remarkable light on an otherwise largely closed society.
The Weird World of Molly Brown (Part 1)
Introduced by director/animator Molly Brown
LOVE ME DO
UK : 89mins : 2015 : Certificate ‘15’ Directed by Martin Stitt
+ Dress Rehearsal
Park Inn Palace Hotel Ballroom Saturday 28th May : 6pm : £5
LOVE ME DO
This twisted love story follows the relationship between a female investment banker and an out-of-work actor. As the couple tentatively start to bridge their differences and fall in love, a romantic bond develops. But in a shattering development this drives them to commit a terrible crime. As the leads, Rebecca Calder (Youth, TV’s Casualty) and Jack Gordon (The Carrier, A Royal Night Out, Fish Tank) excel, as the tension ramps up and their characters’ lives spiral out of control.
Introduced by director Martin Stitt
Bella, Lionel, Kit & Steph are ‘The Overtones’; an operatic troupe, performing above a London pub. The dressing room is rife with tension and talent but the show must go on. Meanwhile, on the streets of London, Micky, a homeless man must battle his way through an unbearable evening only to discover ‘The Overtones’ and a once very special someone is performing.
What will happen with their paths inevitably collide?
COME PLAY WITH ME
UK : 90mins : 1977 : Certificate ‘18’ Directed by George Harrison Marks
Royal View Suite Saturday 28th May : 6pm : £5
COME PLAY WITH ME
Shown as a precursor to the documentary Respectable this definitive 1970s sex comedy stars the effervescent Mary Millington. It follows the saucy exploits of a bunch of nubile girls who start up a health farm that unbeknownst to them becomes home to master money forgers. The girls are joined by many familiar actors, such as Irene Handl, Norman Vaughan, Alfie Bass, Bob Todd and Rita Webb, as well as the film’s director, glamour photographer George Harrison Marks, in this peculiarly British mix of sexploitation and music hall routines. The film was a smash upon its release and has become one of the UK’s most iconic and fondly remembered sex comedies.
Introduced by Simon Sheridan, producer/director of Respectable: The Mary Millington Story
RESPECTABLE: THE MARY MILLINGTON STORY
UK : 109mins : 2016 : Certificate ‘18’ Directed by Simon Sheridan
+Jill Foster Director: Ben Lettieri / 6 min 6 secs
Park Inn Palace Hotel Ballroom Saturday 28th May : 8.30pm : £5
RESPECTABLE: THE MARY MILLINGTON STORY
World Film Festival Premier. In the 1970s there was a pretty English girl-next-door who truly personified the word ‘glamour’. Her rise to the top was meteoric, controversial and scandalous. Mary Millington’s incredible fame brought her a lavish lifestyle and an affair with a serving Prime Minister. But her sexual bravado hid a darker side. Persecuted by the authorities and tortured by self-doubt, she died at the height of her fame in August 1979 at just 33. Mary’s unique life unfolds as a capricious tale of Seventies’ Britain, documenting a young woman’s bravery and determination to be a trail-blazing sexual liberator, but thwarted by a wider society still not mature enough to accept her.
Introduced by producer/director Simon Sheridan
Screening courtesy of Content Media Corp Ltd and Simply Media Ltd
A shattering portrait of female police officer, Jill Foster who survives an attempted murder and goes on a personal vendetta to avenge the murder of her partner with her own unique brand of punishment.
UK : 90mins : 2015 : Certificate ‘18’ Directed by Anthony Woodley + Mr. Samhain
Royal View Suite Saturday 28th May : 8.30pm : £5
England has been overrun by a pandemic with no apparent cure. As the infection spreads, safety - for a lucky few - looms in the form of a 747. It's only once the plane is airborne that the survivors discover the infection made it onto the flight with them. As they begin to take sides it becomes clear they're in as much danger from each other as they are from the infection. Shot through with an uncomfortably intimate tension, The Carrier mixes classic elements of the best apocalyptic movies with its own unique flourishes to create a film that feels both reminiscent of the masters of the genre and fresh enough to be considered a classic in its own right.