See rare footage of Joe Strummer on Hastings Pier, as part of Strummerville-on-Sea event

Joe Strummer by Ivor LevineThe Electric Palace will host a special screening of Joe Strummer’s own film ‘Hell W10’ on Saturday 23 April, 3pm, as part of a special fundraising Hastings event run by the Joe Strummer Foundation.

Footage of one of Strummer's final live performances, on Hastings Pier, will also be on show.

Proceeds from the event will go to local project Make Waves, which has supported thousands of young local people to become musicians.

Filmmaker Nichola Bruce on the Pier gig

Local filmmaker Nichola Bruce will show an extended version of footage of Strummer playing 'Police and Thieves', and other songs, with The Mescaleros on Hastings Pier on 20 November 2002.

"When the band went on, there was a lot of manic lurching, and bouncing heads in front of me, so I ended up standing, half dancing, half filming, on a table. It was a great night out. Sadly, it was one of Joe's last performances and so I watch it now and get upset," says Nichola.

Nichola’s son Jack Pyke Bruce dug out and edited the footage with another local filmmaker, Sam Sharples. “It had just been sitting in my archive for 14 years," says Nichola.

"The show meant a lot to the Hastings crowd, because Tymon Dogg, long time Hastings resident and musician was up there on stage with his old mate, Joe. So they gave their all, and more. Hastings Pier was always great for music, for atmosphere, with the added delight that you could see the sea between the floorboards when you went to the ladies!"

About Strummer’s Hell W10

Although best known as the outspoken front man for legendary punk rock group The Clash, Joe Strummer also carved out an interesting niche as an actor once the band broke up. He played a minor acting role in the 1983 film Hell W10, which he also directed.

This black and white short film is about a man named Earl (Clash bassist Paul Simonon) and a criminal named Socrates (their guitarist/singer Mick Jones). The movie's entire score is Clash songs and includes some rarities. Not to be missed, especially for Clash aficionados.

Daily Mirror Music Critic, Gavin Martin, who has written for NME, Uncut and more, will discuss the two films and Joe's career, alongside Strummer’s biographer, the author Chris Salewicz.


Live music at The Albion

Live music event will also take place on the evening of Saturday April 23rd from 6pm, at The Albion pub, on George Street. Featuring Kid Kapichi, Lazytalk and Bless, among others. All profits from both locations will be donated to the Rhythmix Make Waves programme. Make Waves offers young people aged 11 to 19 in Hastings and Rother the chance to make and perform high-quality music.  Tickets £10. You can also donate now to the cause.

The organisers of Strummerville-on-Sea recently relocated to Hastings from London and see the town as the perfect place to put on its first fundraiser. “There’s such a burgeoning arts and music scene and community in Hastings - and we want to be a part of it!” says Jamie Webb, one of the event’s organisers.

Another Strummerville-on-Sea fundraiser is planned for 31 August in Whitstable, and the team will also be hosting a special area at Glastonbury Festival. 

Photo credit: Ivor Levine


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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