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David Essex film to top off festival

September 6, 2013


ELECTRIC LANTERN FESTIVAL Trinity, Tunbridge Wells. Until Sunday September 8. Tickets from or 01892 678678. Visit This week saw the start of the Electric Lantern Festival, Tunbridge Wells' own international film festival.

Screening 62 films from 18 countries, including 41 and UK premieres, the festival runs until Sunday at Trinity, and is screening feature films, shorts, comedy, drama, documentaries, animation, music video and experimental films from film-makers as local as Tunbridge Wells and Pembury, and from as far afield as the USA, Cambodia, Iran and Brazil.

Highlights Some highlights of this year's festival include Stranger Things, starring local actress Bridget Collins, Spanish comedy horror Decapoda Shock about an astronaut who is turned into a lobster-like monster in a freak accident and returns to Earth seeking revenge, and the touching documentary Past Their Prime about how elderly zoo animals - including gorillas, bears and rhinoceroses - spend their retirement.

This year, the Electric Lantern Festival is hosting the screening of shortlisted entries to Fusion's Short Film Competition. A panel of judges, including BAFTA Award-winning producer Tim Edmunds, will critique each film before selecting three to proceed to the final in October.

The festival will close with a gala night on Sunday night featuring the premiere of the feature film, Traveller - starring British music legend David Essex.

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