Electric Palace Independent cinema and arts venue

Hastings artists and arthouse recommendations

Salena Godden
Here's another fresh selection of special online screenings, live events and quirky film recommendations from all our brilliant Electric Palace staff, volunteers and friends. We hope you're continuing to enjoy the choices, and we look forward to opening our doors to welcome you back in soon. In the meantime, here are this week's picks....


Before the Coronavirus pandemic, Hastings-born poet and author Salena Godden and violinist and composer Anna Phoebe were on the phone planning a collaboration for a special live show at York Festival Of Ideas. The event was planned for June 2020. Although they had not worked together before, they were excited at the prospect of this new collaboration. Due to the pandemic, the festival was cancelled, but the two artists decided to experiment and make work in lockdown remotely. And The Moon Don't Talk To Me Anymore is the first of these experiments. Salena and Anna both hope to perform this work live on stage one day, this work contains that wish...

Enjoy 'And the Moon Don't Talk to Me Anymore' on Facebook >>


See a beautiful gig performed live at the Roundhouse Last Word Festival in 2019 that brings together some of today’s most powerful voices and artists from the UK’s contemporary music and spoken word scenes, in an evening of activism, hope and resistance. This performance features Salena Godden, and goes live in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
See Salena’s latest work on her website.

Watch the performance >>
Cath Tajima-Powell

Who are the friendly folk behind the scenes of our little cinema? Our series introduces you to our fantastic team.

This week meet staff member, Cath, who entertains, amazes and enthrals - and that's also just how she likes her films!

Meet Cath >>
Recommendations from the Electric Palace and friends
Hastings Contemporary

A message from one of Hastings' seafront venues:

"At Hastings Contemporary we strive to energise artists and inspire audiences, and we were very sad to temporarily close our doors in March in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The world is changing rapidly, and so are we. In recent weeks, we have pioneered new means of continued engagement with visitors old and new with our Robot Tours, and launched our first ever online exhibition and virtual gallery – We Live In Worrying Times. And we have been delighted in these endeavours to welcome first-time visitors to the gallery from as far as Switzerland, Australia, Canada, and UAE.

At this extraordinary time, it is clear that never has the social importance of our gallery to galvanise and affirm been so apparent or so needed. So while we navigate the loss of our most important revenue streams, please consider a donation to our gallery, or buying an original artwork by our Artist Patron, Sir Quentin Blake.

We rely on ticket sales to keep going, so every gift will help us to continue to make a difference and allow us to further inspire and connect our creative, local and international communities."
Help Hastings Contemporary »
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With parts of it used in the newly released White Riot, David Koff’s insurrectionary film Blacks Britannica, banned in its day, was made in the heat of 1970s militant Black British anti-racist struggle.

Censored and attacked on both sides of the Atlantic and labelled dangerous, untrue, and extreme, it was digitally remastered in 2008 and is available to watch for free.

Watch Blacks Britannica >>
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BFI NETWORK: Dionne Edwards Q&A
Tuesday 30 June

Join the BFI NETWORK team for a live conversation with Film London Lodestar and Screen Star of Tomorrow, writer/director Dionne Edwards. She will be discussing her career to date and her creative process, offering insights into the industry - including her stint as 2nd unit director on the recent film Top Boy. Dionne made her award winning BFI NETWORK short We Love Moses in 2014, then went on to direct longer form work for C4 and BBC and is currently developing her debut feature film Pretty Red Dress with the BFI and BBC Films. The Q&A is free to join, and takes place at 5pm on Tuesday 30 June.

Register for the Q&A >>
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LesFlicks promotes films that show women loving women on screen, have a central lesbian or bisexual storyline, or which have a strong lesbian or bisexual presence which shows these women in a positive light. Directly supporting filmmakers to get paid for their work and help make more films, LesFlicks offers a streaming platform run by the community, for the community.

Lesflicks is still a very new platform. Launched in September 2019. It wants you to be part of a rapidly growing community of LBQ fans and content creators from around the world. No more long hours researching the web to find new stories to watch.

Join today to have access to the streaming service and find more relevant information in a dedicated film database. Fall in love with the stories of strong, beautiful, and brave female characters.

Register for LesFlicks >>

Another intriguing and fascinating regular pick by The Last Thursday Film Club. Dr Reekie from the club suggests:

"Lately, even some of my most sensible friends have been speculating about the mysterious origins and causes of the pandemic. Bats, pangolins, secret labs, international conspiracies and 5G radiation? Or maybe we should prepare for something darker? Arm yourself with Christian Burnett’s ‘Stay at Home: Survive Eldritch Anomalies’."

Watch Stay at Home: Survive Eldritch Anomalies >>
I Am Not Your Negro poster

Our marketing manager, Annie, recommends the provocative and outstanding documentary from director Raoul Peck.

Through the words of James Baldwin, this film packs an incisive political punch and touches on the lives and assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr and Medgar Evers.

Watch I Am Not Your Negro >>

If you're looking forward to visiting the Electric Palace in person soon, perhaps you'd consider becoming one of our 'official' friends, by joining our Friends of the Cinema scheme? It comes with member perks and the option to donate to help us through the Covid-19 pandemic. Also, see all the lovely things people have said about the cinema and what it means to them, on our newly updated history page.
Upcoming films to book in the future:

We'll soon be adding a new range of screenings to our website, available for you to book for when we're able to reopen. This won't be on 4th July, but we will open as soon as possible, when we have all safety precautions in place. Most of our current season's screenings are postponed rather than cancelled. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Visit our website and follow us on social media to stay up to date with our latest plans.
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