The White Bus: Southend on Film! @ The Palace Theatre
An evening of nostalgia as feature and archive film of Southend-on-sea, are brought together as part of BFI’s ‘Britain on Film’ project.
The ‘Made in My Town’ – Southend’ event on 18th October 2015 at the Palace Theatre will feature Vintage treasures from the East Anglian Film Archive including newly digitised footage of Southend-on-Sea plus a rare big-screen outing for a very special feature film, Bloody Kids.
‘Loyal Greetings from Southend’ was produced in 1954 by local filmmaker Richard Pike. It records a very special day in the town as crowds gather on the pier and prom to greet the new Queen Elizabeth II onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. A flotilla of craft of all shapes and sizes take to the water in the hope that they might catch a glimpse of the Queen as she returns from her six month tour of the Commonwealth. The wonderful Pike Collection held at EAFA includes many films of important events and promotional films of the town. This is the first screening of the digital version of ‘Loyal Greetings’ funded by the BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage project.
Bloody Kids is gritty drama, about teenagers cast adrift from society, was written by Stephen Poliakoff and directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena). Two socially alienated boys in their early teens go on a reckless Saturday night spree in their home town of Southend-on-Sea. This haunting, surprisingly thoughtful film will show you our town as you’ve never seen it before! ’15’ certificate. 7.30pm. Bar opens 6pm. All tickets £6.00. Palace Theatre, London Road, Westcliff. Tickets available in advance from www.palacetheatresouthend.co.uk / 01702 351135 01702 351135 or on the door.
This is a White Bus event
Launched in July, Britain on Film reveals hidden histories and forgotten stories of people and places from the UK’s key film and TV archives and has made archive film more accessible. Made in My City is part of the BFI’s Britain on Film, a major three-year project celebrating and telling the stories of the people and places of Britain from 1895 to the present through archive film content from our film and TV archives across Britain.