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New twist on the ‘cyberpunk’ Sci-Fi film genre made in Hastings

VENUS is a short film shot in Hastings, co-written by filmmakers Andrew McGee and Tara Shehata and starring Margaret Clunie (VictoriaLast Christmas). It’s a self-contained short story that they are intending to use as a proof of concept to launch a full-length feature film. VENUS is inspired by cyberpunk classics like Blade Runner and Ex Machina. The film embraces the Sci-Fi genre, while sensitively exploring themes of identity, gender and objectification from a unique perspective. The script was also a

Posted 18:49 Sunday, Nov 15, 2020 In: Film Tags: Andrew McGee Gotham Alley Hastings Observer building Tara Shehata The Shadow of Cairo Venus film
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Thursday morning screenings back at Electric Palace

Great news – Thursday morning 11am weekly screenings will begin again at the Electric Palace, starting this Thursday 1 October, with this year’s Oscar-winning Best Picture, Parasite, writes Annie Waite.

Posted 14:33 Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020 In: Film Tags: Annie Waite cinema Electric Palace electric palace cinema Film Hastings Hastings Old Town parasite screening

A local film festival with a global flavour

Putting on a film festival in the middle of a pandemic is no easy feat, but that is exactly what local film-maker Francis Saunders has achieved. Nadene Ghouri shares a sneak preview of the films on show this weekend (Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 August).

Posted 15:19 Thursday, Aug 13, 2020 In: Film

Film festival supports NHS

The Trash Cannes 5 Day Film Challenge returns after a 4-year hiatus. Make a 3-minute masterpiece indoors in 5 days, and help support the NHS! You don’t need to be a filmmaker to do this – all you need is imagination and basic skills with some form of digital video creation technology. Keith Rodway writes.

Posted 10:20 Friday, May 1, 2020 In: Film Tags: Keith Rodway Trash Cannes 5 Day Film Festival 2020

Celebrate International Women’s Day with a festival of short films made by local women

Hastings Women of Film and TV – Making Moving Images is Hastings first ever short film festival showcasing ten local female filmmakers. The screening is on International Women’s Day – Sunday 8 March – at the Kino-Teatr. Erica Smith rifles through the programme.

Posted 08:37 Monday, Mar 2, 2020 In: Film Tags: Aisling O’Connor Amy Walker Bindu Stoppani Calypso Cragg Cheryl White Claudia Kappenberg Dad's Coffin film makers FindingCamille Jody Sabral John Lynes Jump Kate Grey Lady What Does Lisa Harmer Media Parents Sara Jordan When Sky Was Sea
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Old Movies Saved My Life

Remember the days before we forgot the true meaning of Christmas – like watching Gone with The Wind after too much pudding? Comedian Mel Byron does, says Annie Waite.

Posted 08:55 Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 In: Film Tags: Annie Waite Christmas cinema classic film Comedy Electric Palace electric palace cinema Gone with the Wind Hastings It's A Wonderful Life live comedy Old Town Shop Around the Corner
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Gather your team for a fun festive film quiz

Love movies? Enjoy a good quiz? Or perhaps you need a fun team-building event? Then head to the Electric Palace cinema in Hastings Old Town for the ‘Seananigans Xmas Film Quiz’ coming soon, says Annie Waite.

Posted 19:56 Sunday, Dec 1, 2019 In: Film Tags: Annie Waite cinema Electric Palace Facebook Hastings quiz Sean Hollebon Seananigans
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Skateboarding films triple bill at Electric Palace

“Fall. Get back up,” says the encouraging skateboarding mantra on the movie poster for Jonah Hill’s touching debut film triumph, Mid90s, which you can see on Friday 25 October at Electric Palace cinema. The film is screening as part of a triple bill of skateboarding-themed films, including two local short films, one of which spans 35 years of the Hastings skate scene, says Annie Waite.

Posted 09:21 Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019 In: Film Tags: Annie Waite cinema Electric Palace Film Hastings Jonah Hill Julia Andrews-Clifford Los Angeles Lucas Hedges mark richardson Mid 90s skateboarding Source Park Sunny Suljic Young Electrics
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