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Swale Film Festival to show explosive movie about US liberty ship, the SS Richard Montgomery, as part of its September line-up

By Lewis Dyson

The line-up has been announced for this year’s Swale Film Festival.

Six movies will be shown in Sittingbourne and Sheppey from September 18 to 21 .

At The Criterion Cinema at Blue Town Heritage Centre, High Street, Blue Town, The Wreck: A Disaster Waiting to Happen will be shown for free on Thursday, September 18, at 6pm.

Swale Film Festival organiser Ken Rowles.
Swale Film Festival organiser Ken Rowles.

It was directed by one of the festival’s organiser Ken Rowles and looks at the US Liberty ship which ran aground off the coast of Sheerness in 1944 carrying thousands of tonnes of explosives.

Short adventure drama Hello Sunshine, which was filmed on Sheppey, will be shown for free at the centre on the same evening at 8pm and will be followed by a question and answer session with the director and producers.

Ken Loach’s Route Irish, which includes comedian John Bishop in a dramatic role, will be shown on Friday, September 19, at 2.30pm.

The Selfish Giant, a drama about two 13-year-old working class friends who get into trouble when they become involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal, will round off the festival on Sheppey later that day at 7pm.

Tickets for the last two will be £5 each.

In Sittingbourne, The Avenue Theatre, in Central Avenue, will be putting on free showings on September 19 of Queenborough Guildhall Museum Tour at 5pm and The Wreck: A Disaster Waiting to Happen at 6pm.

The Monuments Men, a Second World War comedy written by and starring George Clooney, will be shown at 7.45pm the same day for a price of £4.

Keeping Rosy, a drama starring Christine Bottomley, will bring things to a close on September 20 at 7.45pm. Entry is £4.

The Kent Film Awards for young people across the county, which has once again been sponsored by the KM Group, will run alongside the festival.

The best entries will be shown at The Avenue Theatre for no charge on September 21 in a special presentation at 4.30pm.

There is still a chance for 10 to 23-year-olds to enter the competition. For more information go to www.kentfilmawards.org.uk

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