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Dover Film Festival in March shows town in 1978 and 2018

Two different worlds in the same town will be shown next month.

Dover Film Festival will have documentaries of the town in 1978 and last year.

This continues the present format of the annual festival showing two films exactly 40 years apart.

A hovercafte, ferry and tug at Dover Harbour, 1978. Picture: Dover Film Society
A hovercafte, ferry and tug at Dover Harbour, 1978. Picture: Dover Film Society

The production 1978 Dover Film, directed by the late Ray Warner, includes the town carnival with Jackie Rix, Dover mayoress from 2016 yo 2018, as a carnival queen. She was then Miss Jackie Doble.

It also shows one of that year's Channel swimmers, Saudi Arabian Prince Fahid, preparing for his challenge.

Prince Fahid has grease put on for his Channel swim from Dover, 1978. Picture: Dover Film Society
Prince Fahid has grease put on for his Channel swim from Dover, 1978. Picture: Dover Film Society
A live young tiger and the mascot Sid the Seagull with the new Dover ferry in 1978, The Tiger. Picture: Dover Film Society
A live young tiger and the mascot Sid the Seagull with the new Dover ferry in 1978, The Tiger. Picture: Dover Film Society

In addition a young tiger is shown as a passenger aboard a new Normandy Ferries ship The Tiger along with mascot Sid the Seagull.

Also featured is Lord George Brown, a Foreign Secretary in the 1960s Wilson government who officially named the ship.

Scenes of everyday life in 1978 include a hovercraft, the then alternative cross-Channel transport, coming into the harbour.

Weather-wise there is film of Deal underwater following a massive sea storm.

Cancer walk fundraiser Tracy Whiteaker and manager Chris Tallamy who opened the new Dover M&S Foodhall in May 2018
Cancer walk fundraiser Tracy Whiteaker and manager Chris Tallamy who opened the new Dover M&S Foodhall in May 2018
The Next store opening at St James' in July 2018.Picture: Paul Amos
The Next store opening at St James' in July 2018.Picture: Paul Amos

Meanwhile 2018 Dover Film, directed by Mike McFarnell, shows the openings of several major businesses at the new St James' Retail and Leisure complex such as Burger King, Next and the M&S Foodhall.

It also shows Lewis Pugh's record-breaking swim along the Channel ending at Dover in August and the Full Moon Walk for Breast Cancer Care in March.

In addition there is film of snow in Kearsney Abbey when the Beast from the East, freezing winds from Siberia, came to Kent at the turn of February and March.

The Festiva, organised by Dover Film Society, l is at the Silver Screen Cinema at Gaol Lane, off Market Square, Dover.

Screening times are 2.30pm on SundayMarch 3: 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday, March 5 and Thursday, March 7:11.00am, 2.30pm.

Showing continue at7.30pm on Monday, March 4 and Wednesday, March 6, and 2.30pm on Friday, March 8.

Tickets are £5 for adults, £4 for OAPs and £2 for children.

They are available at Dover Tourist Information Centre in Market Square.


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