…in honour of the star of next week’s show…!

We thought we’d just remind you all why you have to love Gene Wilder! Here we go…

1. The Young Frankenstein [1974]

Personally, this is my favourite Mel Brooks creation – partly because of my love of the original ‘Frankenstein’ (which is one of the reasons we screened the 1931 Frankenstein as our inaugural event, way back in 2009!).

2. Stir Crazy [1980]

Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor were just so good together!

3. The World’s Greatest Lover [1977]

Ok, I don’t think this is Wilder’s finest hour, but there are some pretty silly moments, that just can’t fail but make me laugh in this. Who is the world’s greatest lover? Why, obviously…

4. The Producers [1968]

From one of Wilder’s weaker performances to one of his most memorable – a possibly the most widely praised collaboration with Mel Brooks.

5. The Frisco Kid [1979]

Surprisingly, the chemistry between Harrison Ford and Gene Wilder works well. A slightly unusual, but very strong performance from Wilder, too!


…so… after all of these reminders, who could resist coming along to our screening of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory next Sunday, to see him in his most memorable role, as the great man himself?

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Sunday 26 August, 2pm
Tickets £6 adults/ £4 children
Advance booking strongly recommended. Telephone Newhaven Fort for tickets on 01273 517622, or reply to this email for more details.

The Filmspot team has enlisted the help of carpenter and designer Adam Prior, from Torbay, to create over-sized lollipops, candy cane vines and tea cup bushes to dress parts of the fort into a temporary ‘candyland’. Talented animation student, Martyna Dawidoska, is creating special projections, based on the colourful musical, which will be located in the underground tunnels at the Fort. A cast of unusual characters will be helping Filmspot out around the fort, including a magician, some oompa loompas – and even the great man himself.
A Wonka-themed treat is included in the ticket price, and these have been sourced by Sweet Moments in Seaford (http://www.sweetmomentsuk.co.uk)
…so to finish up, here’s a lovely clip of Mr Wilder at his finest!
We hope to see you all there!


Willy Wonka & other bizarre cinematic feasts


We are gearing up for our next big screening of the summer: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, at Newhaven Fort, at 2pm on Sunday 26th August. It’s going to be a rather special event, so we hope to see you all there!

Adam Prior, Team Filmspot’s star prop-maker, has been working his socks off making over-sized lollipops, and we will be transforming parts of Newhaven Fort into a ‘candy wonderland’. Talented animation student, Martyna Dawidoska, is creating special projections, which will be located in some of the underground tunnels at the Fort, based on the colourful musical. There will also be Wonka-themed ‘snack packs’ are included in the ticket price.

Tickets cost £6 for adults, £4 for children, and include entry to the Fort Museum. Advance booking is strongly recommended. Telephone Newhaven Fort for tickets: 01273 517622.

Inspired by the upcoming screening, we have been thinking about  some of the most bizarre and unlikely food moments on film, here are a few of our favourites:

God of Cookery [1996]

We are fans of Stephen Chow‘s idiotic humour here at Team Filmspot, and here is one of Chow’s ridiculously silly dishes from ‘God of Cookery’.

Modern Times [1936]

Chaplin often involved food in his films, and in modern times, he combines this fascination with his critique of the machine age, and creates this hilarious, but worrying force-feeding contraption.


Werner Herzog Eats his Shoe [1980]

A short documentary by Les Blank ‘Werner Herzog Eats his Shoe’ depicts Herzog fulfilling his promise that if director Errol Morris completed his documentary ‘Gate of Heaven’, he would eat his own shoe. The shoes were cooked slowly, for five hours, stuffed with garlic, chilli sauce and herbs – and Herzog ate them just prior to the premiere of ‘Gates of Heaven‘…


Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise [1972]

Probably the most frustrating series of dinner parties ever committed to film, ‘Discreet Charm of the Bourgoeoise’ depicts a group of well-to-do sophisticates trying, and failing, to sit down to a meal together. This sharp, surreal comedy is one of Luis Brunel’s most accessible films, it is like a complex web of dreams.


Harry Potter series [2001-11]

I thought I’d finish with something a bit more appetising! Leaping chocolate frogs, Bertie Bott‘s Every Flavour Jelly Beans and (who could possibly forget?!) butterbeer. The Potter series is so universally popular because it combines nostalgia with the impossible!
We couldn’t find a suitable sweetie-related clip for you, but thought that this recipe of butterbeer is well worth a try!


If you have any surreal or unlikely food related clips, let us know!
Can’t wait to see you all on 26th August!