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Southend Film Festival 2018 – Gala Evening Report

2018 marks the 10th anniversary for the Southend Film Festival which opened up on 24th May with the hugely anticipated black-tie gala. The festival has continued to grow year on year and is now recognised as the biggest film event in Southend and one of the most prestigious annual events in the UK filmmakers calendar.

Opening the festival this year was a very special screening of Lindsay Andersons if… for the 50th Anniversary. A fantastic satire of English public schooling, which went on to launch the careers of the films many young and talented actors. As expected the film was screened to a sellout audience, with many celebrity guests and VIP’s in attendance which included the festivals patron Vikki Michelle. The screening was made extra special as four students from the original film; Robin Askwith, David Wood, Brian Pettifer and Richard Everett were also in attendance for the film. Malcolm McDowell was hoping to attend,

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