Seaside Special

Seaside Special
Date: 16/07/2024 Times: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This, the last film of the season, will be a Moving Image Special Event, with a party atmosphere and some surprises, gearing us up for the summer holidays. It is a film made by a German director so an outsider’s view of what was going on in Cromer in the summer of 2019. It follows the town as it prepares for its annual end of pier variety show, a burlesque mix of song and dance, standup comedy and slapstick performed twice a day for three months, set against the tumultuous backdrop of clashing views within the community over Brexit. It is partly about what ‘Britishness’ means to a community living on the edge of Britain at a significant time in its history.

To watch Seaside Special in 2024 will be a multilayered experience. The privilege of hindsight distorts how we receive certain opinions linked to the Brexit debate, and our relationship with live entertainment has changed post-pandemic. Regardless, there is still a lot to be gained from Meurer’s film. Through the personal experiences of some individuals featured, themes of the Brexit conversations are humanised in a refreshing and original way. Seaside Special isn’t a history lesson, but what it does teach us is that there is power in community, danger in loneliness and that in any tightly bonded group, such as the cast and crew of the Seaside Special show, any goodbye is bound to be emotional.

Seaside Special

Year: 2023

Country: UK

Cert: 12A

Duration: 93 mins

Dir: Jens Meurer

'A humorous, melancholic vision of the British seaside during a tumultuous time.'

Venue: William Loveless Hall