Shot by the Sea Film Festival 2009

4 – 30 September 2009

Festival Film Screenings: book online


This year we are pleased to present Shot by the Sea Film Festival with a host of special events during the month of September.

Looking at landscape and our sense of place, we are holding a fantastic range of film screenings at the Electric Palace, an exciting open-air event and a moving image exhibition.

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We have selected features and short films that explore and celebrate landscape and its influence on people and stories as a crucial part of its fabric. Werner Herzog visits the communities living together in Antarctica in Encounters at the End of the World. Two documentary shorts introduced by filmmakers Grant Gee and Mark French feature two artist’s relationships with very different parts of UK coastline. We look at both contemporary cities in The City of Sylvia and rural communities in Modern Life. The classic films Niagara and Holy Mountain are set in locations chosen by the director to imbue their film with massive scale and power. Iain Sinclair explores these themes and the power of the film location in the installation Marine Court Rendezvous. Andrew Kotting introduces Landscape as More than Scenery - an evening of films by artists and film-makers who have been inspired by the Great-Out-Of-Doors.

Shot by the Sea presents the launch of ‘Hidden Connections’ which focuses on the creative use of archive film footage and explores themes of Home and Identity. Love Your Lido is a sunset open-air installation commissioned by the Electric Palace sited at the old Olympic sized bathing pool in St Leonards using 1930s-1950s archive footage and personal memories from the community invoking the glamour and excitement of this once thriving open-air attraction.


This year we have invited a new guest curator for our moving image exhibition - the groundbreaking visual arts organisation Project Art Works. ‘Air to Earth’ will look at our relationship with the primary elements of nature and their resonance in memory and experience in an exhibition spanning three galleries in Hastings town centre.


Rebecca Marshall & Rachel Pearson

Festival Directors


Air to Earth Exhibition

Film Screenings

Love Your Lido


Arts Council
Screen South
Film Council
Hastings Borough Council

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Electric Palace
Art Works
F-ish Gallery
12 Claremont
Coastal Currents
Stade Education Project


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.

More information


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