USA: 97mins : 1986 : Certificate ‘U’ Directed by Jim Henson
Park Inn Palace Hotel Ballroom Sunday 29th May : 1pm : £5
+ All That for a Piece of Paper
Relive the magic! David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly invite you into a magical universe where nothing is what it seems. Babysitting infant stepbrother Toby on a weekend night isn’t young Sarah’s (Connelly) idea of fun. Frustrated by his crying, she secretly imagines the Goblins from her favorite book, Labyrinth, carrying him away. When her fantasy comes true, a distraught Sarah must enter a maze of illusion to bring him back from a kingdom inhabited by mystical creatures and governed by the wicked Goblin King (a wonderful Bowie, who performs five of his songs). This is magical fun for all the family.
All That for a Piece of Paper
The documentary All That For A Piece Of Paper follows escapologist Stuart Burrell as he embarks on a practice run and then attempts to break two Guinness world records. The first revolves around how many police handcuffs he can remove and the second involves the removal of ankle chains. These record attempts were performed at the barn in Rochford, in front of a large audience that was willing him on.
According to director David Fox, this did not start out as a full-fledged documentary: Stuart just asked him to film these record attempts. When they decided to make a film out of it, Stuart helped with the editing, composed the music and designed the logo. This intriguing documentary runs for 12 minutes.
Introduced by director David Fox and escapologist Stuart Burrell
THE FAMILY OUTING
UK: 79mins : 2015 : Certificate ‘15’ Directed by Ben Edmond
Royal View Suite Sunday 29th May : 1pm : £5
THE FAMILY OUTING
It’s the morning after a big family wedding, and everyone seems to be unloading their problems at Kelly’s door. Except for Jamie. He wants his problems safely locked away, but his wife has other ideas, as she decides now is a good time to drag his secret out into the open! From the makers of My Horrible Love, that took the festival by storm last year, comes this dark comedy about another dysfunctional family. Chigwell and North Weald will never seem quite the same again!
Introduced by producer Charles Edmond and director Ben Edmond
Introduced by director Adam Wilson
FEAR OF WATER
UK: 100mins : 2014 : Certificate ‘15’ Directed by Kate Lane
+Ace of Clubs Director Paul Kelly and Travis Elborough / 12 min 37 secs
Park Inn Palace Hotel Ballroom Sunday 29th May : 3.30pm : £5
FEAR OF WATER
Fear of Water is the story of two teenage girls from different backgrounds. Following a tragic event, their paths collide, and they discover a deep friendship and sexual awakening that changes them forever. Starring Lily Loveless (Skins) and newly discovered talent Chloe Partridge, the film features a high profile supporting cast that includes Marcia Warren (Leap Year, Lady Killers), Sara Stewart (Sugar Rush, Philomena) and Alex Macqueen (The Inbetweeners). The story was inspired by events from the life of director Kate Lane: “I wanted to tell a story that was personal to me and could have an impact on young girls who may have gone through a similar experience.”
Introduced by director Kate Lane and producer Rebecca Tranter
Ace of Clubs
Ace of Clubs draws on the writer Travis Elborough’s investigations into the history of Victoria Park in East London, its many leisure clubs and the importance of the park as a recreational space. The film shot by the acclaimed director Paul Kelly (How We Used to Live, Lawrence of Belgravia) includes interviews with members of Victoria Park’s model boating and bowling clubs, offers a wry mediation on hobbies, place, and belonging.
USA : 111mins : 1956 : Certificate ‘PG’ Directed by John Huston
Royal View Suite Sunday 29th May : 3.30pm : £5
A rare big screen outing for this epic adaptation of Herman Melville’s famous novel. 1840: Captain Ahab (Gregory Peck), skipper of whaling vessel the ‘Pequod’, sets sail from New Bedford, determined to avenge himself on Moby Dick, the whale that took off his leg and left him horribly scarred. Ahab works his crew into a frenzy, as they cross the oceans in search of their quarry, but his obsession takes a tragic turn when Moby Dick is finally sighted. In a rather wonderful Essex connection, the inflatable whale was constructed by Southend-based Airborne Industries!
Journalist Tom King will introduce the film and talk about actor Orson Welles, who portrayed Father Mapple
UK: 115mins : 2015 : Certificate ‘18’ Directed by Dan Pringle
Park Inn Palace Hotel Ballroom Sunday 29th May : 6pm : £5
K-Shop is a gritty urban Sweeney Todd inspired horror set in a kebab shop plagued by binge drinking. After his father is killed in an altercation with drunken thugs, Salah’s fate is sealed in a fight with an angry customer. With a dead man on his hands the novice chef turns vigilante, disposing of the body in the one place he knows best...his kebabs. Then, when customers clamour for the tasty ‘new’ kebabs, he seizes the opportunity to seek revenge on abusive, drunken binge drinkers. This is a terrific dark thriller, and there’s no doubt about it: Friday night postpub trips to the kebab shop will never be the same again!
Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Pedro Almodovar presented this raucous, wickedly dark and outrageous compendium of six stories exploring the extremities of behaviour involving people in distress. The focus is on revenge, with six characters who take it to the absolute extreme. The film plays a bit lik e the ‘adult’ Roald Dahl books: the stories are alternatively twisted and hilarious: you won’t know whether watch through your fingertips or laugh out loud! For starters, just imagine the worst ever wedding party, the worst ever road rage incident - or what happens when a demolition engineer gets his car towed! Absolutely terrific – these are truly ‘Wild Tales’!
BONDED BY BLOOD 2
UK : 87mins : 2016 : Certificate ‘18’ Directed by Greg Hall
Park Inn Palace Hotel Ballroom Sunday 29th May : 8.30pm : £5
BONDED BY BLOOD 2
We are pleased to present the World Premiere of this powerful gangland thriller, based on the book by one time ‘Essex Boys’ gang member Bernard O. Mahoney. Set in the aftermath of the infamous 1995 Rettendon Range Rover murders, this sequel chronicles the real life group of younger, flashier criminals who emerged to fill the power vacuum: Ricky Percival, kingpin of his own thriving drugs empire, Damon Alvin, an arrogant loudmouth with a short fuse and Dean Boshell, a small time thief. Their ambitions were fueled by ego, greed and a lust for power that threatened to not only tear their friendship apart but end in tragedy and the ultimate injustice.
Introduced by director Andrew Gilbert and producer Julian Hundy
THE ROAD FROM ELEPHANT PASS
Sri Lanka: 120mins : 2008 : Subtitles : Certificate ‘15’ Directed by Chandran Rutnam
+ Revealing Silent Stories
Royal View Suite Sunday 29th May : 8.30pm : £5
THE ROAD FROM ELEPHANT PASS
This blockbuster action film, set during the Sri Lankan Civil War, was based on the novel by Nihal De Silva, which follows a Sri Lankan Army captain and a ‘defecting’ woman on their journey from Elephant Pass to Colombo. As the characters combat hunger and thirst, feisty wild animals, the police and military, and a sex and revengehungry band of army deserters, the distrust and animosity one expects between a Sinhala army soldier and a Tamil Tiger transforms into a loving relationship. A beautifully produced story, this powerful film takes a critical look at male-female relationships and the Tamil-Sinhala conflict.
REVEALING SILENT STORIES
'Revealing Silent Stories' is an arthouse black and white short which explores the inner self.
From this emotive concept, the subjects of the film aim to help others by raising awareness of the truth of what is happening within, revealing their own personal and often poignant stories in a sensitive but positive way.
Running time approx 10 mins. No dialogue. The film takes its journey with music by Tastexperience.