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The Electric Palace Cinema, the Stade Education Project and the Fishermen’s Protection Society have worked in partnership to commission three new films reworking archive film footage of Hastings and St Leonards.

Posted 12:45 Friday, Oct 12, 2012 In: Film Tags: Electric Palace Hillcrest James Patterson Stade Education Project

Lesbian Vampirism

Hastings is soon to host the Ingrid Pitt Memorial Horror Film Festival (26-28 October – see also Joe’s earlier interview with the festival organisers). HOT reporter Joe Fearn reviews Hammer’s The Vampire Lovers, to be screened during the festival at the Electric Palace Cinema in the Old Town, and he examines Lesbian Vampirism, a trope in 20th-century exploitation film that has its roots in Joseph Sheridan le Fanu’s 1872 novella Carmilla.

Posted 12:44 In: Film Tags: Erotic Hastings Horror Featival Maddy Smith Old Town The Vampire Lovers
Still from 'The Brian That Wouldn't Sleep'

Home-made horror

Nearly 100 people packed into the newly-refurbished Printworks on Claremont to view the 2012 Hastings Film Challenge, this year with a theme of “Terror vs. Horror”. In a blatant attempt to establish himself as HOT’s film critic Richard Hull braved the zombies and luvvies to bring this report.

Posted 11:12 Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 In: Film Tags: Amy Turner Anuffa Film Bev Francis Guerilla Film Hastings Film Challenge John Clube Richard Hull

The Ingrid Pitt Queen of Horror Festival

26–28 October Hastings Old Town

Posted 11:45 Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012 In: Film Tags: Carol Cleveland Hammer Horror Films James Herbert Queen of Horror Festival Twins of Evil Vampire Lovers Where Eagles Dare
Warrior Square film still from 'Speak and Spell in St Leonards'

International Film Festival shows St Leonards as it has never been seen before

Last month, St Leonards lit up the silver screen in Cannes, at the Straight 8 film festival. Not only was this the film’s premiere, it was the first time that the directors, Mauricio Vincenzi and Darren Morris, had seen their work. On Saturday 14 July, we can all see their film at the inaugural St Leonards International Film Festival. HOT’s Erica Smith tracked the directors down to find out more…

Posted 13:06 Friday, Jul 6, 2012 In: Film Tags: Endwell Productions Hugh Metcalf Jeff Keen St Leonards St Leonards Film Society St Leonards International Film Festival Straight 8

The Hastings Way to Film

Is there a Hastings school of film? A style of film-making distinct to the area and its people? After all Hastings “is one of the most creative parts of the UK” as artist Gary Dorking remarked recently here in Hastings Online Times. A recent programme of films under the title ‘Arrow in the eye’ at the Electric Palace on May 13 sought to answer this question, and Richard Hull watched and listened with keen attention.

Posted 20:18 Thursday, May 24, 2012 In: Film Tags: Andrew Kotting Catharine Brown Ian Sinclair Kate Adams Katrin Magowitz Letitia Yhap Maika Compton Mark French Nick Pilton Nick Snelling Nicola Bruce Richard Heslop Richard Hull

Good Friday brings a remarkable event at The Royal Victoria Hotel – a screening of The British Guide to Showing Off which has been organised as a fundraiser for St Leonards Film Society and Sara Lee Trust. The film is a documentary about Andrew Logan’s phenomenal ‘Alternative Miss World’ events. Guests are encouraged to dress up (in)appropriately and join in the fun with a red carpet walk. HOT’s Erica Smith caught up with organiser Dawn Dublin and asked her some questions:

Posted 10:13 Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012 In: Film

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