Friday, 4 December 2009


Popular Demand Leads To Special New Year ScreeningProducers of a hugely popular film about Thanet are intending to hold an emergency public meeting to discuss the issues raised by the film."Thanet On Film" features excerpts of films about Thanet from the 1920s to present day. The film shows Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs in their hey-day, with packed beaches and attractions, but also the decline and social problems of the 1990s.It's been showing every Sunday at the Palace Cinema, Broadstairs since November 8. All performances so far have been sold out and now a new screening has been fixed for the first Sunday of 2010, January 3rd.Film-maker Christine Tongue said: "We only ever intended showing the film once, back at the beginning of November, but there's such a huge interest the cinema has kept on having to show it.""Hundreds and hundreds of people have now seen the film and word of mouth is leading yet more to come," Christine said. She added that the overwhelming response among viewers has been delight in seeing Thanet in its hey-day and anger with council policies in more recent times.Christine said: "At every screening people have asked us if the council has seen the film and what can be done do to make them think more seriously about the future -and the long term consequences of their decisions.""The only thing we can suggest is to hold a big public meeting to discuss what can be done."Christine said the meeting will be organised in the New Year. "Who knows what will come out of it, but based on what people are saying we may be about to witness the birth of a new grass roots movement in Thanet."The film is being shown on Sundays at 5pm in the Palace Cinema, Broadstairs, but all screenings are almost fully booked up until December 20th. To book to see the film ring the Palace Cinema on 01843 865726.EDITORS: For more information about "Thanet On Film" ring Christine Tongue on 01843 604 253. Stills from the film attached. Note to editors pictures include legendary Broadstairs enertainer Uncle Mack in the 1920s, A poster for Miss Bullock's children's exercise class, Ramsgate's hugely missed Marina swimming pool in the 1950s, Margate's Lido in its heyday in the 50s, and Dreamland in the 1950s.

Ed. click on the link for the pictures

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