Hollywood classics back on the silver screen for Great Yarmouth film festival

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It was the decade when Batman biffed and powed, James Bond met his match with a bowler hatted henchman and Mowgli first swung onto our screens.

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25/03/1964 PA File Photo of Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore) meeting Sean Connery (James Bond) before filming of the third Bond movie 'Goldfinger'. See PA Feature FILM Bond. PA Photo/PA. - Credit: PA

And now the golden age of 1960s cinema is getting a big screen revival when a new star-studded festival launches in Great Yarmouth.

Silver screen classics, including Easy Rider, The Entertainer, Lawrence of Arabia and The Italian Job, will be shown over three days, alongside archive footage of 60s entertainers performing on Yarmouth's various venues and stages.

The original Batman car will also make an appearance during the festival, which will enjoy a red-carpet launch with 1960s celebrities Jess Conrad, who starred in several films from the era, and Radio Caroline DJ Keith Skues adding to the Hollywood heyday vibe.

And Yarmouth's location as a film set will also be celebrated with screenings of I've Gotta Horse, starring Billy Fury, and The Shadows' Rhythm and Greens, both of which were shot in the borough.

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Billy Fury - Credit: Archant

The festival, which premieres in September, is being hosted at the Hollywood Cinema and has been organised by cinema owner Trevor Wicks.

The Hollywood hosted a film festival several years ago but when council funding was cut, it stopped. But having secured a grant from the Great Yarmouth BID, the popular event has been revived and looks set to be a reel treat for film buffs.

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Mr Wicks said: 'I have been toying with the idea and decided it would be a good idea to resurrect them. So we applied for a grant and got one. 'September is a good time as Great Yarmouth is certainly on the up when it comes to festivals.'

The four-day film extravaganza will follow the Maritime, Out There and Great Yarmouth Wheels festivals and is the first in a series of annual events Mr Wicks in planning, each themed around a particular decade.

'I thought let's start with the 60s because that was one of the golden heydays of Yarmouth,' he added. 'People like The Beatles were on stage at the ABC theatre, it was one of the places to go for entertainment and the place was heaving full of people.'

The festival aims to rekindle some of the 60s magic while showcasing the town to a new audience.

Classic films will be screened alongside current releases and Mr Wicks said the golden oldies would be shown on the Hollywood's biggest screens to give film buffs the ultimate cinema experience. He has also chosen films spanning as many genres as possible to ensure all film goers' tastes are catered for.

He said: 'I think a lot of people hark for the old days. Lawrence of Arabia gets shown a lot of times on TV, but to watch that on a giant cinema screen, that's what it was made for.'

The Great Yarmouth Film Festival launches with a VIP opening night on September 25 and a screening of I've Gotta Horse. Classic films will then be shown on September 26, 27 and 30. For more visit www.hollywoodcinemas.net

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