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White Bus Wednesday Archive Screenings at TAP

We are delighted to present Archive Screenings every Wednesday in our Cinema at TAP (in the Old Water Works building, North Road, Southend - opposite the former Nelson pub).

These evenings are centred around our huge collection of 16mm and 35mm film. This includes hundreds of documentaries, cartoons and short films as well as over 260 feature films. Every Wednesday we screen a selection of films from the Archive, starting at 7pm with an hour or so of documentaries and short films, followed by a feature film. Most of the material is British, with the features ranging in age from the 1930s to the 1990s. All this and admission is free, although we don't discourage a £1 donation towards our running costs (these are fun, social events entirely staffed by volunteers who love 'real' film!). Tea, coffee and biscuits are available for a nominal amount during the interval.

We don't usually announce the feature film titles in advance, as many of our patrons enjoy the 'Secret Cinema' approach. However, if you'd like to know what's playing, please let David Simpson (at david@thewhitebus.org.uk) know and you can be added to our weekly group e-mail. David can also be contacted on 01702 464733 or 07981 824283.

Film Shows for Children with Disabilities

We are pleased to present, in our Cinema at TAP, film shows for children with disabilities. These allow them the opportunity to experience a 'big screen' film show while allowing parents and carers to relax, safe in the knowledge that, if their children are a bit boisterous (or even want to leave halfway through!), it doesn't matter at all. The screenings are funded by the Council under their Short Breaks initiative and admission is free to children and parents/carers. Soft drinks are available for the children and tea/coffee for the adults (all at no cost) and parents/carers are welcome to bring their food and drink. There's ample parking: the entrance into the yard at TAP is opposite the former Nelson pub on North Road, Southend (at SS0 7AB).

The films are shown on Saturdays. Each film is shown in the morning (at 10.30am) and in the afternoon (at 2pm), to allow for greater choice. All are 'U' or 'PG' certificated. As an added attraction, for those who arrive early, classic cartoons (such as Bugs Bunny or Tom & Jerry) are shown for half an hour before the film comes on.

We are delighted to have received funding for three shows this year. We will be showing Paddington (PG) on Saturday 28th September,Frozen (PG) on Saturday 24th October and Shaun the Sheep (U) on Saturday 28th November. My colleagues and I hope to see many of you and your children 'at the pictures'! Admission is free for children and parents/carers.

For further information contact David Simpson at david@thewhitebus.org.uk or on 01702 464733 / 07981 824283.

Forthcoming Dates for your Diary

Friday 11th September : Cult Night at TAP!

Madhouse (1974) Vincent Price and Peter Cushing star in this spooky tale about an actor with a mysterious past. After being accused and acquitted of his fiancée's murder, successful horror film star Paul Toombes is put into an institution. Years later he returns to his former role of Dr. Death in a new television series, working with his writer friend Herbert Flay. However, when the murders carried out by ‘Dr. Death’ are replicated in real life, Paul realises his past has come back to haunt him…
The two horror legends are ably supported by the likes of scream queen Linda Haydon and Hammer star Shane Briant. Even Robert Quarry, Count Yorga himself, joins in the fun! Don’t you dare miss Dr. Death!

The Burning (1981) A group of teenagers play a prank on their summer camp caretaker, but it badly misfires. Years later the hideously disfigured victim seeks revenge by returning to the camp with scissors and a pair of shears... This infamous ‘video nasty’ (shown here uncut) features Holly Hunter in her screen debut and a scary synthesizer score by keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman.

Over 18s only. Doors open at 6.30pm. Madhouse at 7pm  / The Burning at 9pm Double bill admission £5.00. Individual films £3.00. No advance booking. Bring your own drink and film food. Ample car parking on site.

The White Bus Cinema, TAP, The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7AB

Sunday 20th September

The King and I (1956) We are delighted to be linking up with the Palace Theatre Cinema to screen this classic musical. English widow Anna Leonowens and her young son travel to Siam to teach the young children of the arrogant, headstrong King, who wishes to learn Western culture. The proud King is behind the times and considered a “barbarian” by the English, and his personality - fiercely chauvinistic, arrogant, and unfamiliar with challenges to his supreme rule - conflicts with the progressive and strong will of Anna.    Featuring Getting To Know You and Shall We Dance, the film is a wonderful adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical. Please note: This is a dementia friendly screening and, although not exclusively for people with this condition, it is particularly suitable for people affected by dementia, their partners, family members and people who care for them professionally. Everyone is welcome, but please be aware that there may be people talking during the film, moving around and leaving the cinema. 'U' certificate. 2pm. All tickets £3.00. Palace Theatre, London Road, Westcliff. Tickets available in advance from www.palacetheatresouthend.co.uk / 01702 351135 or on the door.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) While preparing for his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sonny (Dev Patel) has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful’, has only a single remaining vacancy. But this poses a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy and Lavinia… Richard Gere and Tamsin Greig join the wonderful cast from the first instalment: Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. And newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith) knows everyone's secrets. And as the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself…This sequel to the incredibly popular Best Exotic Marigold Hotel really is great fun – what cinema should be all about! 'PG' certificate. 7.30pm. Bar opens 6pm. All tickets £6.00. Palace Theatre, London Road, Westcliff. Tickets available in advance from www.palacetheatresouthend.co.uk / 01702 351135 or on the door.

Friday 16th October : Cult Night at TAP!

Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971) In a remote village in 17th century England, a farm labourer stumbles across a devilish skull whilst ploughing a field. He reports his findings to the Judge but, when they return, the skull has vanished. But soon the children of the village start acting strangely. Led by the alluring Angel Blake they form a murderous coven and when mysterious growths of hair (called the Devil`s Skin) start appearing on their bodies, all hell breaks loose...... literally! The lovely Linda Hayden has never been more seductive in this signature role. Prepare to be entranced!

Pumpkinhead (1988) In backwoods Pennsylvania, Ed Harley, a local storekeeper, sees his son accidentally killed by a group of motorcycling holidaymakers. As a result he calls up a powerful monster to wreak revenge. But when he later comes to his senses, he finds that the 'Pumpkinhead' terror cannot be stopped. Genre favourite Lance Henriksen stars in this full-bodied fantasy.

Over 18s only. Doors open at 6.30pm. Blood on Satan’s Claw at 7pm  / Pumpkinhead at 9pm
Double bill admission £5.00. Individual films £3.00. No advance booking. Bring your own drink and film food. Ample car parking on site.

The White Bus Cinema, TAP, The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7AB

Sunday 18th October:

Southend on Film! Join us for an evening of nostalgia based around our town! Vintage treasures from the East Anglian Film Archive will take to the big screen, including newly digitised footage of Southend-on-Sea as part of the British Film Institute’s ‘Britain on Film’ project, plus a rare big-screen outing for a very special feature film, Bloody Kids. This gritty drama, about teenagers cast adrift from society, was written by Stephen Poliakoff and directed by Stephen Frears (The QueenPhilomena). Two socially alienated boys in their early teens go on a reckless Saturday night spree in their home town of Southend-on-Sea. This haunting, surprisingly thoughtful film will show you our town as you’ve never seen it before! '15' certificate. 7.30pm. Bar opens 6pm. All tickets £6.00. Palace Theatre, London Road, Westcliff. Tickets available in advance from www.palacetheatresouthend.co.uk / 01702 351135 or on the door.

Friday 20th November : Cult Night at TAP!

The Devil Rides Out (1968) The debonair Duc de Richleau has been trusted with the care of his deceased friend’s son, Simon Aron. The Duc discovers that the young man has been seduced into joining a Satanic cult headed by the diabolic Mocata, intent on making him one of the Devil’s disciples. Having rescued Simon from a bloodied ritual, de Richleau is pursued by Mocata, who will stop at nothing to destroy the Duc and his friends, even summoning the Angel of Death itself. Starring Christopher Lee in one of his personal favourite roles, and based on the celebrated novel by Dennis Wheatley, The Devil Rides Out is one of Hammer’s most accomplished and thrilling mystery horrors.

Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964) This infamous follow up to Blood Feast is the second in Herschell Gordon Lewis' 'blood trilogy'. The small southern town of Pleasant Valley invites six reluctant Yankee tourists to be its guests for the Civil War 100th anniversary celebrations. What the northern participants do not realise is that every celebratory game they take part in has been designed with the intention of bringing their lives to a grisly end.... Available "fully uncut" for the first time in the UK, this is typical H.G. Lewis fare, with acting that veers between the wooden ("Playmate" Connie Mason) and the amateurishly hammy (one of the worst child actors in film history!), clumsy editing and community theatre production values - but his fans wouldn't have it any other way, and the hayseed music is great! Quite unbelievable!

Over 18s only. Doors open at 6.30pm. The Devil Rides Out at 7pm  / Two Thousand Maniacs! at 9pm
Double bill admission £5.00. Individual films £3.00. No advance booking. Bring your own drink and film food. Ample car parking on site.

The White Bus Cinema, TAP, The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7AB

Sunday 29th November:

A Royal Night Out (2015)VE Day, 8th May 1945: Princess Elizabeth) and her younger sister Princess Margaret beg their parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, to let them leave Buckingham Palace so they can join in the celebrations. Reluctantly the King and Queen give their consent, and Elizabeth and Margaret head out incognito. But their night takes some unexpected turns... Sarah Gadon and Bel Powley shine as the young, head-strong princesses, while Rupert Everett and Emily Watson provide wonderful support as their concerned parents.'12' certificate. 7.30pm. Bar opens 6pm. All tickets £6.00. Palace Theatre, London Road, Westcliff. Tickets available in advance from www.palacetheatresouthend.co.uk / 01702 351135 or on the door.

Friday 11 December : Cult Night at TAP : Spooky Christmas Special!

Don’t Open Till Christmas (1984) Somebody with very little Christmas spirit is killing anyone in a Santa suit one London holiday season, and Scotland Yard has to stop him before he makes his exploits an annual tradition. This is one 80s slasher that really does go for the jugular, revelling in its own irredeemable sleaziness! In other words, just the film for a perfect Christmas!

Christmas Evil (1980) When little Harry sees his Dad in a Santa Claus outfit, groping his mother on Christmas Eve, life changes for the quiet little boy. Thirty odd years later, you’d better watch out, because now - all grown up and disgruntled by his dead end job in a depressing toy factory – he’s making a list, checking it twice and descending into a self-created Christmas nightmare where he is Father Christmas and his judgement is final! Dressed as St. Nick, Harry is going to show his bullying co-workers and all the other naughty people what the true spirit of the season is... Run for your miserable lives, the vengeance is going to be swift and bloody! Cult movie kingpin John Waters has described this as "greatest Christmas movie ever made" – and we’re not about to argue with him!

Over 18s only. Doors open at 6.30pm. Don’t Open Till Christmas at 7pm  / Christmas Evil at 9pm
Double bill admission £5.00. Individual films £3.00. No advance booking. Bring your own drink and film food. Ample car parking on site.

The White Bus Cinema, TAP, The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7AB

Sunday 20th December : Films for Christmas

1pm: Get Santa (2014) In this delightful film a father and son must team-up to save Christmas when they discover Santa Claus sleeping in their garage…after crashing his sleigh he’s on the run from the police. This is hugely funny, with big laughs throughout and a wonderful cast led by Warwick Davis, Jim Broadbent and Jodi Whittaker. 102mins : Certificate ‘U’.

4pm: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) When Halloween Town's Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington, gets bored, he attempts to take over the festive Christmas season. Against the advice of Sally, the lonely rag doll who has secret feelings for him, Jack enlists three trick-or-treaters - Lock, Shock, and Barrel - to help him kidnap Santa Claus. But even when Jack realizes his mistake, he'll have to contend with the evil Oogie Boogie before he can turn things around and restore the holiday's cheer. Terrific fun! 73mins : Certificate ‘PG’.

7.30pm: It's a Wonderful Life (1946) The perennial Christmas favourite – back on the big screen, where it belongs! James Stewart stars as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angle Clarence (Henry Travers). He shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born. A lovely, heart-warming film. 130mins: Certificate ‘U’.

All tickets £6.00. Palace Theatre, London Road, Westcliff. Tickets available in advance from www.palacetheatresouthend.co.uk / 01702 351135 or on the door.

Friday 22nd to Sunday 31st January 2016 : Horror-on-Sea Film Festival

Coming early next year to the Park Inn Palace Hotel, Southend-on-Sea: Essex’s premiere horror film festival, now in its fourth year. For further details, please keep checking http://www.horror-on-sea.com/

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