History made and taught at film festival

History made and taught at film festival

The first Thurrock International Film Festival started off with a bang today at the London Cruise Terminal with an enlightening talk by Jon Catton. Talking about Thurrock’s long cinematic history, beginning right back in the silent era.

Audience members heard how Thurrock has been the location for numerous films including of course Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Batman Begins and even 28 Days Later by Danny Boyle. Charlie Chaplin’s brother Syd had strong links with the borough as does one of the other events of this years festival.

Jon explained how part of Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade was shot in location at Tilbury Docks (which Hollywood thinks looks like Venice). You can see Harrison Ford and Sean Connery in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade at the Thameside Theatre this Friday (29th June) at 9pm. The MGM classic Singin In The Rain will also be showing at the Thameside on Friday at 7pm.

Later that afternoon the audience was treated to a rare glimpse behind the red curtain of the Royal Opera House with a special screening of The Making of Ludd & Isis. This was followed by the best Documentary and Animated films from this year short film competition section of the festival. The first of several short film screenings taking place throughout the week.

The final event of the day was held at Vue Cinema, Lakeside, where The Good Life had its British Premiere. The audience were the first in the British Isles to view the acclaimed and multi award winning film by director Eva Mulvad; about a mother and daughter who, having been born into fabulous wealth, have lost it all.

There are even more events taking place this week including a screening of The Wizard of Oz, The BBFC Talk About Censorship where you can find out how and why films are given age ratings, Barry Norman will be talking about his long career and his favourite films and the whole event will close with an Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening.

Tickets for each event are only £3, for more information please visit www.thurrockfilm.co.uk

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