Seaford’s first film festival was a rip-roaring success, with some full houses and a finale which saw families picnicking in the grounds of Florence House to watch Beauty and the Beast on a giant LED screen and adults thrilling to the exploits of Thelma and Louise.
The first two days last weekend included a Big Scream event so parents and carers could sit in the Barn Theatre in comfort to watch a film with babies on laps, and a Saturday matinee for children to attend the Singalong version of Frozen. On the Sunday there was a ‘golden oldie’, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, to appeal to older movie goers. Workshops between the 11 feature-length films took place over the three days.
The festival celebrated Women and Film, with particular reference to the #MeToo revelations and the centenary of the first votes for women, and speakers included local historian Kevin Gordon on local female movers and shakers, and Catherine Darcy who runs a business in Lewes supplying period clothing for film, TV, theatre and opera.
Cinema chair Paula Ross said: “We were very pleased with the reaction to this, our first go at running a festival, and the feedback we have received has been very positive. We certainly look forward to presenting the next one. It was amazing to have achieved all this in three months and next time we’ll take longer and plan even more.”
“And a big thank you to our fantastic committee and volunteers who work so hard and are a pleasure to work alongside. It was great meeting newcomers to Seaford Community Cinema and welcoming our friends, and we hope they all enjoyed the party atmosphere as much as we did.”