Monday, 15 November 2010


A brand new edition of the hit film about Thanet will be screened in Broadstairs on Sunday November 28th.

Called “Thanet on Film II – Past, Present and Future” the film’s producer promises it will not only show the isle in all its beauty – but will also investigate people’s hopes and fears for the future.

Last year the first film broke box office records at Broadstairs’ Palace Cinema, as week after week the film sold out leaving large numbers of people unable to see it.

Producer Christine Tongue said: “As before the film will contain a feast of vintage footage of Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs in their heyday, but this time we’re going to take a hard look into the future, too.”

“There’s much talk of regenerating Thanet, and some people have great hopes for the future – we’ve set out to discover how real these hopes are.”

The film includes items on some of the most controversial topics on the isle today, including the bitter controversy over Manston Airport, the fight to save Broadstairs high street and the imminent opening of the Turner Contemporary Gallery.

Christine said: “We discovered in making the film what huge divisions there are among people in Thanet over the future.

“Many people have come here staking their entire livelihoods on the regeneration of Margate. They believe things like the Turner Gallery and the Dreamland Heritage park will help transform the fortunes of the entire isle. Others believe the whole thing is a hopeless fantasy.”

Christine said that the film contains lots of evidence for the huge potential for Thanet to cash in on the rise in “staycationing” – people staying in Britain for the holidays. “We have stunning shots of the beauty of the island, its wonderful buildings, but also the fantastic amount of art and entertainment which seems to be everywhere in Thanet these days.”

She added: “It just makes me feel that if with all that it’s got to offer, if Thanet isn’t going to be able to attract more tourists then something has gone very wrong indeed.”

The film will receive its first screening at the Palace Cinema in Broadstairs at 5pm on Sunday November 28th. Booking is advisable – telephone 01843 865726

EDITORS: For more details telephone Christine Tongue on 01843 604253 or email Picture attached of the queue for the first Thanet on Film, outside the Palace cinema.

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