Tuesday, November 3, 2009

New Screening Shows 80 Years Of Thanet On Film

A film screening in Broadstairs on Sunday November 8th offers a unique view of the changing face of Thanet from the 1920s to the present day.

The film includes rare and unusual footage of the isle, including a Zeppelin airship over Thanet, Broadstairs’ legendary seaside entertainer Uncle Mac dancing, Margate ’s Dreamland funfair in its heyday.

But the film also covers the more controversial side of life in Thanet including nazis marching in Margate , battles over Westwood Cross, overbuilding, Thanet Earth and the China Gateway project.

The compilation has been put together by Broadstairs-based film-maker Christine Tongue. Christine said: 'This footage offers a powerful insight into the history of this area. It shows how it has changed from what was once a seaside holiday paradise to what we see today. People will watch these films with a range of emotions – nostalgia, surprise, shock and anger.'

Christine said that one of her intentions in putting the film together was to help inspire people to see a way forward for the isle. 'People talk about trying to regenerate Thanet, but we can only really do that if we understand something of the area’s past. I think these films help do just that.'

The screening is being held under the auspices of the Thanet Film Society and will be followed by a discussion. Entry £5 for non-members, £4 for members. It takes place at 5pm on Sunday November 8 at the Palace Cinema, Harbour St, Broadstairs. Tel 01843 865726.

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