Let Gene Kelly dance those blues away..

Maybe it’s the cold weather that just seems to be going on and on without end, but everyone around these parts seems to be suffering from the doldrums! Well, I have the antidote, and that is… a good dose of Gene Kelly film clips to cheer you all up!

Tap dancing! Singing! on Roller Skates? … and why not? From ‘It’s Always Fair Weather‘.

Taking on La Belle Epoque… in unusually attired style! Kelly brings to life the character from Toulouse-Lautrec‘s ‘Chocolat dansant dans un bar’.  From the wonderful ‘An American in Paris

I could have included the original ‘sitting dance’ clip, which is just superb, but Volkswagon gave it a fresh twist, in their Jetta ad.

From an early film, Cover Girl, Gene Kelly appears to have been served… by himself.

Somehow we always manage to fit the Muppets in somewhere. Here is Gene Kelly in a peculiarly moving performance, with our favourite fuzzyfilm stars!

…well, all that’s just for a warm up! Ready for more toe-tapping? We can’t wait for our screening of the wonderful *Singin in the Rain* at Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Centre on 6th April. It’s part of our ‘Golden Age of Hollywood‘ weekend, and we’ll also be showing the wonderfully dark *Sunset Boulevard* on Friday 5th April.

Tickets are available from here for Singin in the Rain or here for Sunset Boulevard

We hope to see you all there!

The end of summer, and looking forward to Autumn!

Team Filmspot have had a great Summer – we hope that those of you who came along to Eastbourne enjoyed ‘The Muppets‘ and ‘Chariots of Fire‘, at the beginning of the month.

‘The Muppets’ was a great success, with glorious sunshine beating down on the Wish Tower Slopes. A big audience came along, many clutching their very own muppets – it was good to see so many Kermits and Gonzos in attendance!

The people of Eastbourne, settling down in the sunshine for a screening of ‘The Muppets’.

Unfortunately, the sun did not have his hat on for ‘Chariots of Fire’ the following day, but those who braved the elements certainly seemed to enjoy themselves, and it is always good to see this classic – as one last hurrah for the Olympic/ Paralympic season!

Unfortunately, the weather was against us at ‘Chariots of Fire’. It was a bit grey and drizzly, but still we had plenty of film fans who battled the elements, wrapped in blankets, to watch the film.
Many people brought picnics, including Team Filmspot – who enjoyed it while the sun was still (weakly) shining, at the beginning of the event!

So, now we’re looking towards Autumn. We have many plans for the upcoming season, some are yet to be confirmed, so do keep an eye on the blog and the website. At the moment, our next confirmed screening is ‘ET’ at Newhaven Fort on Saturday 3 November (Doors 3pm, film 3.10pm). It will be a real occasion – an event to ward off the Autumn chill – with some typically Filmspot twists.

So, here to whet your appetite is the trailer!

Hope to see you all there!

 

STOP PRESS: Chariots of Muppets descending upon Eastbourne this weekend – and Willy Wonka report

Hello Filmspotters – lots of news for you in this blog, so I’ll just plough straight in!

Filmspot have helped to organise films for Eastbourne Borough Council’s Great British Weekend, this weekend. The events will take place at the Wish Tower Slopes, and are completely free! The films are to complement two fantastic live events, shown on a big screen, organised by the Borough Council.

On Saturday 8 September, the celebrations kick off at 4.30pm, with a screening of The Muppets [2011], followed by the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms, featuring music from Delius, Verdi,Puccini, Dvorak, Richard Rodgers, John Williams Olympic Fanfare and theme and the traditional Henry Wood Fantasia on British Sea Songs together with Edward Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem orchestration.

So, to whet your appetite, here’s a splendidly ridiculous musical moment:

On Sunday 9 September, we will all be getting into the 2012 spirit with Chariots of Fire [1981] at 4.30pm, which will of course be followed by the London 2012 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony at 7pm, including the parade of athletes, the extinguishing of the Paralympic flame and the passing of the flag to the next host city of Rio de Janeiro, along with musical performances headlined by Coldplay.

Here’s a taster of Sunday’s iconic offering:

There will be a bar and refreshments for both evenings, and dressing in red, white and blue is definitely encouraged! It promises to be a really fun, lively weekend.

For further details, please see www.visiteastbourne.com or call 0871 663 0031.

….and in other news: WILLY WONKA A HUGE, ROUSING SUCCESS!

Yes, apologies for taking a while to post these photographs, but it has taken a few days for the Filmspot team to come back to reality after entering a world of pure imagination at Newhaven Fort over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

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Martyna Dawidowska created a fantastic short animation, especially for the event, which was projected in the Eastern Magazine and at the beginning of the screening

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Two of our wonderful volunteers, Sophie Halas and Alexia Lazou, helped to greet the audience

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….and everybody in the audience enjoyed a Wonka-themed treat – delightful Wonka-esque marshmallows, sourced by Sweet Moments in Seaford, and quirky cake pops

It was a sell-out show!

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Designer-maker Adam Prior did a fantastic job on the brilliant props for the event – even Willy Wonka himself seems to approve!

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As ever, veteran Filmspotter Lukas looked the part! This time, seeming to channel the spirit of Wonka himself!

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So here’s the team (L-R: Alexia, Sophie, Filmspot Co-Directors Rob Cunningham and Rachel Hunter, Designer Adam Prior and Magician David Girt

This great musical has a dedicated following – we had lots of interest in the event, and you may have seen/ heard some of the local media coverage. We were featured on  BBC Radio Sussex and in The Argus and Sussex Express. We’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who came along and all our helpers – you all helped to create a really magical atmosphere!

….so that’s it for now! I hope you’re now all off ransacking your wardrobes for your best red, white and blue – and we’ll see you in Eastbourne!

Christmas events in Eastbourne: tickets now on sale!

Hi there Filmspotters!

The big news is that we’ve got a couple of great Christmas events in the pipeline for this December, both on 17 December 2011 at the International Lawn Tennis Centre, Devonshire Park, Eastbourne.

Filmspot are teaming up with Eastbourne Borough Council to present two special film events this Christmas. With performers, festive music, vintage trailers and B-movies, and themed catering to set the atmosphere, this will be a perfect start to the Christmas season!

Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), 2.30pm

Fans of the Muppets will probably be aware that 2011 would have been the 75th birthday of puppeteer and muppet creator, Jim Henson. In celebration of this puppet-pioneer, we will present a special screening of The Muppet Christmas Carol, with a few festive touches!

Gonzo the Great takes the place of Charles Dickens to narrate this fun, musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol. It stars Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge, and an entire cast of creatures from Henson’s workshop, including many familiar faces, such as Kermit the frog and Miss Piggy as Bob and Emily Cratchett.

White Christmas (1954), 7.00pm


Featuring a treasury of the evocative songs of Irving Berlin, and a cast of real icons of the golden age of cinema, White Christmas oozes Hollywood glamour – just the thing to start the festive season!

Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Paris (Danny Kaye) meet while serving in the second World War. After being de-mobbed, they team up to become a highly successful song and dance double act. After a five year run, they take a well earned break in a skiing resort in Vermont, accompanied by two sisters, Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Vera (Vera-Ellen). They find the resort, owned by their old army boss, on the verge of bankruptcy, due to lack of snow. They swiftly step in to organise a benefit concert – but can they save the resort?

This Christmas classic features the songs Sisters, Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep, Snow and, of course, the titular White Christmas, amongst many others.

Tickets
Tickets for either film cost £6.50 (£5 concessions and children) each
Please contact the Events Office at Eastbourne Borough Council
tel 01323 415442 or purchase on line at <http://www.visiteastbourne.com/eshop/default.aspx?dms=71&shop=11&sct=323

The International Lawn Tennis Centre, Devonshire Park is situated in the heart of Eastbourne, surrounded by trees and gardens. The courts play host to 6 tournaments in the summer including the pre – Wimbledon Aegon International which attracts international players. The courts have also been a venue for Team GB Davis Cup ties and are often referred to as the best grass courts in the world.

…and in other news…
They Clapped and She Bowed Once More on 4th December was a great success. The Filmspot team were assisting artist Amy Cunningham with her performance of On Standby, a composition which involved live singing, recorded sound and video, at St James’s Church Piccadilly.

Photograph: Samuel Herbert