Alternative Music Film Week February 2015

Join us for a bumper week of music-related entertainment including Nick Cave, Girl Trouble, Neil Halstead and heaps more.

From Thursday 5th February until Sunday 8th February 2015 the Electric Palace will be wafting out a wave of fragrant musical joy, with our first ever Alternative Music Film Week.

Peter Bruntnell, Danny George Wilson and Neil Halstead live gigAs there have been so many recent alternative music-based films to choose from, we've hand-picked a fine collection from the rich mix of options to put on the big screen. Alongside the screenings we also have a range of rock 'n' roll based extras, including a VERY special live gig and conversation from a trio of hugely talented music legends in the alt-country/folk rock scene - Danny George Wilson from Danny and the Champions of the World/ Grand Drive, Neil Halstead of Slowdive/ Mojave 3, and singer-songwriter Peter Bruntnell.

We are honoured to have the UK premiere of Strictly Sacred: The Story of Girl Trouble, and you can also help raise funds for Hastings Pier at the screening of the Nick Cave film 20,000 Days on Earth, His band the Bad Seeds were one of the last bands to play Hastings Pier.

Alternative music makes good art

Steve Horry IllustrationAn exhibition of alternative music culture illustrations will be on display before the screenings from music journalist/illustrator Sian Pattenden, alongside local illustrator and musician Steve Horry. We'll also be screening animations from Sian before some of the feature film screenings.

Steven Horry is a freelance illustrator, DJ and musician. He spent most of 2014 playing guitar for regenerated Britpoppers Menswe@r, and in 2013 his first graphic novel - The Islanders - was published by Nasty Little Press and was based on the lo-fi musical written by Art Brut singer Eddie Argos, Amy Mason and folk musician Jim Moray, The Islanders (which was also performed live at the Electric Palace cinema.)

Left to his own devices, Steve tends to appropriate 90s imagery to produce slightly flippant pop art. Don’t miss his cheeky, humorous artworks (including the one on the left) on show during Alternative Music Film Week at our cinema.

Sian Pattenden (pictured below) is an animator, author and illustrator. She started writing for Smash Hits magazine at 18, interviewing Kylie, Robbie Williams, Bobby Gillespie and more. Since then she has written for publications including the Face, the Guardian, Word, Select & NME – and has been on telly and radio talking about pop music for years. Sian has also written six children’s books. Sian Pattenden

As an illustrator Sian has drawn the playing cards for ‘Unhappy Families’; the artwork for the Agatha Bilke series, the North London Arts Map & Kentishtowner Cultural Map – plus Neil Strauss’ Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead rock anthology. Sian won the Victoria and Albert Museum Inspired by Award for artwork in 2005. As an animator Sian has directed and produced the Luke Haines’ Rock n Roll Animals video, Haines’ Lou Reed Lou Reed promo, the Outsider Music film and has created animations for Caroline Catz’ documentary about musician Jesse Hector. 

Book now for Alternative Music Film Week events:

Thursday 5 Feb: 11am and 8pm: 20,000 Days on Earth

Friday 6 Feb 8pm: Strictly Sacred: The Story of Girl Trouble

Saturday 7 Feb 8pm: The 78 Project

Sunday 8 Feb 8pm: Live gig: Danny George Wilson, Neil Halstead & Peter Bruntnell

NB - You can also buy tickets for the live gig via the excellent Music's Not Dead record shop in Bexhill.


We asked our talented Hastings and St Leonards residents to design us a poster for Alternative Music Film Week, to win a prize worth more than £70. And the winner is...Pete Waldron, with the below poster design. Congrats to Pete, and to all who entered the competition.

Pete Waldron's poster design for Alternative Music Film Week




Tickets are available in advance online from this website, or on the door.
Doors and the bar open at 7.15pm, screenings start at 8pm.

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