Monday, 26 April 2010
There are dozens of films to go see, and entry is a bargain price of £2 a go... yes, just TWO EARTH POUNDS!! less than the price of a DVD rental. What a great opportunity to see some classics films in the environment that they were designed to be watched in. There's a very varied selection of films on offer, and must be something to suit all tastes. They include:
THE LADYKILLERS, THE ROAD TO MOROCCO, WONDERFUL TOWN, SOUTH PACIFIC, ACROSS THE LAKE, THE COLONY, OIL CITY CONFIDENTIAL, LA ZONA, UP, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, GRAVE TALES, WITCHFINDER GENERAL, CZECH DREAM, MOUNTAIN PATROL, THE BIRDBOOK GHOST HUNT, THE WIZARD OF OZ, KUCH NAA KAHO, SOME LIKE IT HOT, MORRIS: A LIFE WITH BELLS ON, HOME, HAVANA BLUES, IS YOU IS: A LOUIS JORDAN STORY, THE TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT and MURDER AT THE GALLOP.
There's also some classic British Film Noir: THE GAMBLER AND THE LADY, THE HOUSE, 36 HOURS, WINGS OF DANGER and THE GLASS CAGE.
and how about this all-nighter at the Railway Pub which is FREE to get into:
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, EASY RIDER, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME, THE HARDER THEY COME, METROPOLIS, and the iconic ‘Swinging London’ documentary TONITE LET’S ALL MAKE LOVE IN LONDON.
And if that isn't good enough, there's some talks, special guests, exhibitions and local short films to enjoy too. Unsurprisingly, I'm particularly interested in the following two items:
LET’S ALL GO TO THE PICTURES... IN SOUTHEND (Sunday 2nd May, Palace Theatre, £2), which is described in the programme as a "shameless wallow in nostalgia, taking a look at
Southend’s cinemas over the years. Settle back in your seat and enjoy an evening in the company of local cinema historians Chris Izod and David Simpson, together with their very
special guest Ron Stewart. Known as “Uncle Ron” to thousands of children who went along to Saturday morning pictures at the Regal at Rayleigh and the Classic at Westcliff, this legendary cinema manager will look back over a lifetime spent working “at the pictures”. A real treat for anyone who’s ever enjoyed a night in the ‘one and nines’!"
THE ULTIMATE LAUREL & HARDY PICTURE SHOW (Monday 3rd May, Park Inn Hotel, Laurel and Hardy Suite, £2). The programme says of this one "In August 1952, when Laurel and Hardy performed live at the Odeon cinema, they had suites in this hotel. Now, those
suites have been transformed into function rooms. The Ultimate Laurel & Hardy Picture Show will illustrate their extensive careers, with special reference to their visit to Southend. The show will run approximately 90 minutes, and will culminate with a screening of the classic short Helpmates.
Amazing stuff! I'm delighted that something of this quality is being done in my hometown, designed for real lovers of cinema and not all about trying to rip off the punters too. It sounds like a real treat, and I certainly hope to get along to a few bits (babysitter permitting!).
You can find out more information on the official website here
And you can download the programme detailing all the events here
Friday, 16 April 2010
I was interested in films and the cinema as far back as I can remember - It came from my Mother's side of the family. My Mother's aunt and her sisters went to the cinema regularly and also her elder sister and Aunt used to send away to Hollywood for film star pictures. Unfortunately the collection never survived and was probably destroyed or even stolen during the second world war bombings in London.
At this time there was little work for us, but within a week or two Tom Howard came to us with some news that we would be starting on a production in June, called "Where Eagles Dare".
One morning when the crew were walking toward Stage 10 to film on the 'Gold Room' set, I noticed Derren Nesbitt in costume and a bandage over his eye. I did not realize until that evening or the next day, when I read in the newspaper, that Nesbitt's eye was injured. Apparently a squid effect of him being shot by the squid somehow misfired and part of it went into his eye.
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
I was convinced that I must be the only person on the planet to remember it, but called up YouTube anyway just to confirm it.... Incredibly, all I had to type in was "frank skinner d...." and YouTube kindly filled in the blanks, yes "frank skinner dancing in pants" has received almost 83,000 views since Langstond78 posted it! Amazing!
I don't know exactly what it is about this clip (is it the cheery smile? the jaunty arm and leg movements? the pants??!), but after 15 years it still made me snigger (ah, maturity and sophistication are wonderful things!).
So now it's only fair that I share Frank Skinner dancing in his pants with you too! (no, really, there's no need to thank me, it's all part of the service).
And this is what I think he was parodying:
Friday, 9 April 2010
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
You can listen to it here:
Or download it here:
Podrophenia Show 9
You can also pick it up on iTunes here:
Podrophenia 9 on iTunes
Thursday, 1 April 2010
(one of Johnny's fab covers for the Megazine)
At the age of 28 John started to suffer from various aches and pains, but it wasn't until 2000 that he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (which he descibed as a "terrorist, medieval disease"). The cold way in which he was told haunted him for the rest of his life "The doctor, a locum, just stared at her computer screen and never once looking at me, she said 'You've got MS. You'll be dead in 12 to 15 years'". but he battled on, and never gave up his art. Indeed, it seemed to give him the strength to carry on "I haven't got MS when you are looking at my pictures. I haven't got MS when I am drawing them. I am getting out a lot of rage through the pen." His battle with MS was documented in a More4 film titled "Here's Johnny". It was filmed over 5 years and I was lucky enough to catch it when it was shown last year (and even still had it on my Sky+ box until in was replaced a few weeks back)... it was a very humbling experience.
John spent the last year of his life working on a graphic novel titled "One Hundred Months". Once this project was complete, he arranged to go to the Dignitas suicide clinic in Switzerland. This had always been the plan, in the documentary, John said "I'm not worried about losing my life, I'm worried about losing my demeanour, my mind, my interaction with life."
In his tribute to John, 2000AD founder Pat Mills called him "the Jimi Hendrix of comic artists. Easy viewing comic 'muzak' he's not. His grotesque images bear comparison with Gerald Scarfe and Ralph Steadman and are not for the squeamish."
John was married, lived in Brighton, and was younger than me. He was a very brave and talented man.
Rest In Peace Johnny.....
Here's Johnny is available on a very limited edition DVD (just 1000 copies made), you can find out more about it and view a trailer on the official site for the film here.