Paul McCartney’s Give my regards to Broadstreet film – Hastings Classic Cinema February 1985

Julie Findlay-jones… I had the album.

Andy Qunta… Plus Rupert and the Frog Song!

Steve Amos… Rupert and the Frog Song was the better film.

Ralph Town… I was there lol, with a good friend.

Alan King… at least the Frog thing was a better song than Suzie and the Red Stripes

Dr Who & The Daleks film – ABC Cinema Hastings – August 1965

Alan Esdaile… I remember going to watch this. Looks very weak now, looking at the trailer.

Stuart Huggett… The colours are lovely but the Daleks are hardly deadly in it (I think only one character gets exterminated). It’s not a patch on the absolutely terrific sequel!

Paul Crimin… Wow. Went and saw this with my Dad and brother when I was a kid.

Ian Quinnell… Went to see this with some friends. Was great at the time.

Lyn Humphrey… Being a Dr Who purist in ’65, I didn’t go to the cinema to see this, as to my mind it WASN’T Dr Who–how could it be when everyone knew the real Doctor was William Hartnell?

Coco Pops… The Big Job was Hilarious!!

She Film – Ursula Andress – ABC Cinema Hastings April 1965

Alan Esdaile… Remember seeing this at the ABC. Shocking fire scene at the end. Interesting support film.

Mark Sevia… I must have seen this film at least 100 times! In the mid-sixties I lived in Eastbourne and worked briefly as a trainee projectionist and had to sit in the projection room changing the reels of film. I remember absolutely nothing about the film only the claustrophobic projection box.

Barry French… Great movie, but like you Alan I found the final fire/ageing scene a tad disturbing. (By today’s standards it probably looks at bit tame now)

Dennis Torrance… The last scene with the fire kinda scared me somewhat and what happened to her people who did not obey quite scary

Funeral In Berlin – Michael Caine Film – ABC Cinema March 1967

Dennis Torrance… I thought this film was about 1965 and billion dollar brain was 1967

Nick Prince… It was basically a sequel to the Ipcress Files (1965), with the same characters etc etc. It was filmed in 1966 and released 23rd December, 1966 in the USA and 22nd February, 1967 in the UK.

What is your favourite David Jason character?

Matt Thomas… Pa Larkin

Phil Gill… Captain Fantastic in Do Not Adjust Your Set

Jan Warren… Frost

Terry Corder… Frost

Martin Curcher… Del Boy, Fools & Horses funny as anything!!!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… It’s got to be Del Boy for me

Alan Esdaile… He is good in most things but has to be Only Fools for the many funny moments.

Judith Monk…  Can’t choose, love him in all of them!

Beatles – Hard Days Night film – Gaiety Cinema, Hastings

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supplied by Nick Prince Collection & photo from Vinyl Tempest

Nick Prince… As you’re sharing Beatles stuff. Here they are in the above photo, 1963, I believe.

Will Cornell… Later versions of this over here airbrushed the cigarette out of Paul’s hand. Remember they figured out the cancer connection just a few months earlier, right after JFK was killed. First publicity shot I ever saw of them, in a record store window…it was a display Capitol gave the store, and the heads wagged back and forth on battery power. Alas, when I succumbed and went in to check out the stock, they were sold out. Feb ’64

Andy Qunta… Excellent! (Hard Day’s Night was ’64 though I believe.)

Mick O’Dowd… Help! was better with better songs I thought.

John Storer… Got to disagree with Mick O’Dowd on this. I was 8 when my Mum took me to the Gaiety to see this film and have lost count of how many times I have seen it since. The album of the same name is, for me, one of the three greatest pop albums ever made (The Monkees debut and Motown Chartbusters Volume 3 being the other two) – damn near perfect! Help is fantastic, but the film was a tad self-consciously hip and the album had a couple of fillers

Mick O’Dowd… That’s good John. Get’s a debate going. My fave album off all-time was What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye.

Nick Prince… Monkees self titled debut album knocked the Sound of Music off the top of the album chart, which 7 weeks later returned to number one, only to be knocked off again by More of the Monkees. Only four number one albums in 1967 and the prefab four had two of them. 🙂 xx

Roger Hewett… Agree with your comments John. I started work as a trainee projectionist in 1964 and A Hard Days Night was the first film that was showing at the cinema. I had two weeks listening and watching [some] of the film. To this days both the film and LP are my all time favourites. Both were like a soundtrack to my teen years.


RE: A PIER – Archie Lauchlan film documentary – Birch Rooms Hastings Pier – 8th Sept & 11th Sept 2016.


Peter Fairless… If you haven’t seen this fantastic film yet….

Free screening of Re: A Pier (film 96 minutes, with a 20 minute Q&A)

If you missed the World Premiere screening of Archie Lauchlan’s unique documentary then here is your chance to see it – free of charge!  Thu 08 Sep 2016, 6pm. Taking place in the Birch Room (in The Deck building). Space for 40 people and seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. An additional screening will take place on Sunday 11th September at 11am. Both screenings feature Q&A afterwards with Archie, the documentary’s director.

Mick O’Dowd… Well worth a look!

Alan Esdaile… Excellent, really enjoy it. The history of the changes on Hastings Pier over the years, from building to the groups that played it, also some wonderful clips of Hastings. Well done Archie, definitely deserves to be seen by a bigger audience.

Andre Martin… Just back from the Pier, having seen the film produced by Archie Lauchian about the History and story of Hastings Pier and its rejunivation after the Fire, excellent – if you have not seen and get the chance, you really should make the effort.Congratulations to Archie and crew on this historic record. Well reported Alan = great story.

Tony May… Is there any chance that it will be available to buy on DVD do you know? Any plans in that direction?

Mick O’Dowd… I’ve asked Archie about this before but there seems to be a problem of music licensing.

Peter Fairless… It’s more a problem of cost, Mick. I believe Archie quoted a figure of £50,000 to licence all the tracks and clips. It’s hard to see a film like this – even one as brilliant as RE: A Pier, making that back.

Andre Martin… Yes this one of the major problems that he was facing and his production assistant/resercher was just amazed how much the US owners of much of the music & audio wanted to charge.They just look at the whole project as a money making machine, which is a real shame, as it would been good to have this available for different showings over the coming months as the pier develops.

Peter Fairless… Perhaps, we need to start writing to TV companies

Andre Martin… I think this is one way, but today most projects are run by independent TV companies, whop again will in the main have very limited movements whedn it comes to paying copywright fees, but perhaps Archie might have some ideas, will ask.

Archie Lauchlan… Hi SMART – only a few are American, mostly British in fact, but they definitely do all have that one thing in common: squeezing every last penny out of their assets, or artistes as we call them. The only way forward is to hook the film up with a broadcaster (could include Netflix etc) in which case they’d be responsible for the licencing deals. To do that I need to get it into some film festivals for exposure to the right people, and that’s in hand. But I’m always open to anything I may be missing! Thanks for your support, one and all

Andre Martin… Thanks for the update, ok everybody this will be your challenge for 2017 – tinking caps on. …………