Shot by the Sea 2009


Sat 26 Sept 8pm - 10pm

Love Your Lido


Looped screening between 8pm – 10pm onsite at the Old Bathing Pool Site, West St Leonards. FREE no booking required


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Welcome to this open-air installation at sunset of a newly commissioned film by director Mat McDonnell.


‘Love Your Lido’ is an exciting reworking of newly discovered archive film from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s of St Leonards open-air bathing pool, and ‘new vintage’ material filmed at a 50s themed event on 22nd August 2009 at Salt Dean Lido. Including personal memories from the local community this remarkable work seeks to invoke the spirit of this thriving era on the site of this once flourishing public venue in West St Leonards.


'Hidden Connections' is a new film project focusing on the creative use of archive film footage. Love Your Lido is the first of two films being created. Students from Hillcrest School are working with filmmaker Tom Hillenbrand using archive footage of Hastings’ historic fishing community, one of England’s oldest fishing fleets. Boats have worked from the beach in front of the ancient town for over one thousand years, and the Hastings Fishermen’s Protection Society preserves the fishing community’s medieval right to work from the shingle beach or stone beach known as the Stade. Developed in participation with the local community, the resulting films will be made available on DVD and the internet. Look out for the year long 'Hidden Connections' programme of screenings featuring local, national and international archive film material open to all.


Hidden Connections is a partnership project between The Electric Palace Cinema, the Stade Education Project and the Fishermen’s Protection Society.


This project has been enabled by Screen South and the UK Film Council's Digital Film Archive Fund Supported by the National Lottery.


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Doors and the bar open at 7.15pm, screenings start at 8pm.

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