FILM MAKERS SEARCHING FOR THANET STARS
The makers of the phenomenally popular "Thanet On Film" are looking to make screen stars of local people.
Producer Christine Tongue said: "In the next edition of the film we're going to feature people with tales to tell of their times in Thanet. And then we'll find the pictures to illustrate their stories."
The film, which looks at the past, present and future of Thanet, broke box office records when it was first screened in Broadstairs in 2009. Now the film-makers are looking to broaden the picture of the area the film provides.
Christine said they're looking for all kinds of stories: "It could be the first time someone ever came here on holiday. Or if they're native Thanetians, what did their mother and father do? Do they remember when Thanet had trams? What was Dreamland like in the old days?"
Funny, tragic, scandalous or just weird – the film-makers are interested in every kind of yarn local people may have to tell. "The one requirement is that they will make interesting viewing," Christine said.
But the idea is to do more than simply providing entertaining screenings. The group behind the film, the Independent Media Society, is putting together an oral and visual history of the isle.
"So much of our past is lost because people simply never get the opportunity to talk about it," Christine said. "It's vital we record their memories and experiences for posterity."
"What we're hoping to do, ultimately, is produce a people's history of Thanet – the sort of historical record which future generations will find really important."
The next screening of Thanet On Film will be on Thursday January 13th at 7.30pm at the Granville Theatre in Ramsgate, when it will take the form of a special Ramsgate edition, with extra vintage footage of the town from the 1920s, 50s and 70s.
A special feature of the film is an item on Ramsgate seafront and the scandalous saga of the old Pleasurama site. There's also coverage of the controversy over Manston airport, and interviews with local MP Laura Sandys and council leader Bob Bayford.
The film will be screened at 7.30pm on Thursday, January 13th at the Granville Cinema, Victoria Parade, Ramsgate. Booking is advisable – ring 01843 591750.
For more details , telephone Christine Tongue on 01843 604 253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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