In this sparkling jet black comedy, life-long mother’s boy Elliott, fearful that his long-lost father seems intent on getting back together with her, decides to take matters into his own hands and bump off the no-good scoundrel. So he travels to the run-down hotel his father now lives in, with murder in mind. However, he discovers that things are not quite as they had seemed and, when he gets seduced by his father’s boozy girlfriend, he becomes completely out of his depth.
The fine cast is headed by Denholm Elliott and Richard E. Grant, with the ever-wonderful Julie Walters hamming it up as the booze-sodden floozie. But for us, the star is the hotel most of the action takes place in, for the film is set in Southend’s very own Palace Hotel (in the days well before its multi-million pound refurbishment)!
So this is a marvellous opportunity to see the Palace Hotel in its late-1980s rather less-than salubrious days, including the Palace Bingo hall (now the Grosvenor Casino). There are also plenty of extensive views of the sea front – who thought Lifstan Way would ever appear in a feature film – and there’s even a mad-cap dash along the pier!
So do join us for the 30th anniversary screening of this wonderful ‘festival finale’!
We are delighted that co-star Jonny Phillips will be joining us for this Gala screening.
CityFibre has kindly sponsored our Closing Gala.
UK : 88mins : 1990 : Certificate ‘PG’