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A new film season that is to begin in Pevensey Bay looks set to attract both residents and visitors in the coming months.—Bay Life, 9 March 2018

Billed as Wednesday matinee performances at the Bay Hotel in Pevensey Bay, the news that classic films are to be shown free of charge to a local audience has attracted interest

Talking to Bay Life yesterday (8 March), savvy landlady, Karen Hudson, who has done much since she arrived to re-jig the public house and hotel towards a more family orientated set of offerings, explained that she was ‘a big fan of early Kung fu movies’ and also a big fan of ‘classic musicals, right up to films like Burlesque’.

The films which will be shown with a projector and screen utilising the ground floor of the hotel are likely to be popular, as themes and possibilities emerge with what people would like to see.

Films like Passport to Pimlico and the strand of films that appeared at the end of the Second World War may prove to be popular, but with such rich pickings from film history, it will be interesting to see what kind of programme emerges.

Residents point to the links between film history and the Bay, with people like Peter Sellers, Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan and Goons writer Larry Stephens known to have been associated with the area.

Famous figures that have lived here from film history include Michael Stringer. He was a film production designer, art director, painter and illustrator.

The work of Michael Stringer as an art director included Fiddler on the Roof (1971), involving much shooting in Yugoslavia. The film earned him an Academy Award nomination

His production design credits include 633 Squadron (1964) A Shot in the Dark (1964) Inspector Clouseau (1968), but perhaps he is best known as the Art Director of Genevieve (1953)..

Genevieve is a clasic British comedy film. The comedy film stars John Gregson, Dinah Sheridan, Kenneth More and Kay Kendall as two couples involved in a veteran automobile rally to Brighton.

The prospect of a film club type affair, based at the Bay Hotel for Wednesday matinee performances is an intriguing emerging detail to social life in Pevenesy Bay.

Karen also plans to link the showings to the pilot Pevensey Arts and Literature festival.

The festival in its first year is to focus on the work of Tony Hancock and the Goons, following the discovery that Tony Hancock was a regular visitor to the Bay Hotel and stayed there for up to a week in the early fifties, with his first wife, Cicely Romanis, a Lanvin model.

Karen said “most certainly we will be thinking of putting on some films linked to the lead up to the festival and during the festival as well, related to Tony Hancock and the Goons”

An organiser of the festival said, “we would really like to see a sequence of Ealing comedies at the Bay Hotel, the fit would be perfect, if we start with Passport to Pimlico and go right through to the Lady Killers and to some early Peter Sellers films like “I am Alright Jack”, we would be seeing a strand of comedy film that has a link both with Pevensey Bay and with the Bay Hotel.

“We are taking to Julie Warren at present, the cousin of Larry Stephens, who is helping us plan the festival.

“She is writing book about the early Goon Show story titled, Glarnies, Green Berets & Goons: The Life and Legacy of Larry Stephens. We hope that she will be with us during the festival..

“Larry Stephens was one of first writers of the Goons and she points out that he was responsible for some of the one liners in the comedy, The Lady Killers.

“We know that Tony Hancock was a visitor and guest at the Bay Hotel in the early fifties, and quite possibly Larry Stephens as well, from research that we are doing into the story of the Bay Hotel and Hancock and the Goons.

“What better way to launch the film season, than with the Ealing comedy, the Lady Killers, with the one liners by the man who we now know had an established link with Pevensey Bay?”

Audiences to film peaked in 1946 with 1.64 billion vists. Film historians point to the fact than as many as 18 million visits may have taken place in some weeks in this country, following the end of the Second War, with Saturday morning showings for kids, and Saturday evening performances becoming the highlight of the social week, as well as Wednesday matinee performances.

Organisers of the arts and literature pilot festival say, “catching the spirit of this kind of audience, in somewhere quirky and iconic like the Bay Hotel seems like a natural fit and we are delighted that Karen Hudson is to link the film season to the pilot festival to be held here in August”.