2016 Festival Archive

2016 English Riviera Film Festival




2016 English Riviera Film Festival

Monday 15 August

Artizan Gallery, 7 Lucius Street, Torquay, TQ2 5UW

Art Talk with John Tomkins

In association with the English Riviera Film Festival Artizan brings you a film themed art talk in advance of our film exhibition! John Tomkins (film producer and festival organiser) will be delivering the talk as well as screening two of his films.


Tuesday 16 August

John Mann 01

Torquay Library, Lymington Road, TQ1 1LW

Carry on Screening! 

John Mann: a lifetime spent around the world working in the film industry
A Reel Heritage presentation

John Mann started his film career as a runner at the former Oldway Studios and his film career since then has seen him working around the world, from Ealing during its heyday to Hollywood, before returning to Torbay to manage the former Paignton Picture House, know latterly as the Torbay Cinema.

Wednesday 17 August

The Blue Walnut, Walnut Road, Torquay TQ2 6HS

The System (1964) (12)

Directed by Michael Winner
Starring Oliver Reed
90 minutes

Torbay is the picturesque location for this classic 1964 British drama film directed by Michael Winner and starring Oliver Reed, Jane Merrow and Barbara Ferris with a screenplay by former Brixham resident Peter Draper. It was in this film that he popularised the word ‘grockle’ to mean a holiday visitor. Locations to look out for include Brixham station (now demolished), Brixham harbour, Elberry Cove, Paignton beach, harbour and pier, Torquay Palm Court hotel (now the site of Abbey Sands), and Torquay seafront. Kingswear, Dartmouth ferry, Dartmouth, Slapton Sands, and Hallsands also feature.



At the sold out screening in the audience were the Daughters of ‘The System’ screen writer Peter Draper

Thursday 18 August


Torquay Library, Lymington Road, TQ1 1LW

The Battle of the Somme

The 1916 film, Battle of the Somme – made by the cinematographers, Geoffrey Malins and John McDowell – stands as an enduring record of one of the bloodiest and most controversial battles of the First World War.

Seen by an estimated 20 million people within a few months of its release, the film is again being widely screened for the First World War Centenary under the auspices of the Imperial War Museum London.

Saturday 20 August

The Torbay Hotel, Torbay Road, TORQUAY, TQ2 5EY

A Celebration of South Devon Film

Join us for a celebration of independent films from across Torbay and the South West, bringing award winning films and film makers to the Bay with a varied selection for everyone.

The day’s sponsors, Emberlense Productions and Bay Hotels are proud to host an afternoon of the very best films, industry talks and displays from film makers from across the South West. With a varied programme to suit all ages and including all genres, award winning films, with talks from feature film producers and documentary makers.

Today’s event will also be a fund raiser for the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network, a worthy and popular local charity.



Photo by Darkstar Media


Full programme

10.30 : Film : Eyes in the dark (Director Alex White)

10.40 : Trailer previews of orthcoming Devon films

10.50 : Festival highlights 2015 (Interviews and highlights from last year’s film festival)

11:00 : Mordred Q &A / Talk: Meet the Director, Producer and stars of the forthcoming feature film from the South Devon Players Theatre and Film Company

11:30 : Director Dom Lee Q &A  (The Award winning Director answers questions about this past and forthcoming productions)

11:50 : Film Premiere : To My Dear Son  (Director Louis John Brzozka Q & A)


12:00  Devon’s Best Film Selection

Ashui  (Director Harry Willmott)

Time to talk  (Director John Fitzsimmons)

Delays Imminent  (Director James Cotter)

Tempus Verum  (Director Dean Ferris)


Make Artist Laura Harvey who gave FX Make up demonstrations  on the day  ( Photo by Oxyte )



12:30 : Portent  (Director Justin Carter)

Sometimes it’s fate  (Director Ellie Gath)

Hiraeth  (Director Jacob Roy  Filmed and edited by Ed Chappell)

13:00 : Laura Harvey (Make up and Prop maker Curiosity Cabinet Studios) Q & A

13.20 : Film : Two Feet Tall  (Director Andy Robinson)

13:30pm : Film : The Sanatorium ( Film Preview ) Q & A with the Director Julian Kemp


14.00  Location Devon

Home  (Director Danny Cooke)

Dartmoor search and rescue  (Director Jade Dyer)

Film in the Bay  (South West Creatives)

Plymouth in minutes  (Director Julian Kemp)

Love Where you live  (Director Dan Wiseman)

Film Premiere : To you , we surrender  (Director Benjamin Akira Tallamy)

14:30pm : Director / Animator Ashley Thorpe  : Q & A with preview of footage from his forthcoming film Borley Rectory starring Reece Shearsmith

Film : Old Lych Way  (co Director Keith Rossiter with Q & A with Keith Rossiter after the film)


Award Winning Film Director Luke Jeffrey being Interviewed by Lee Rawlings   Photo by OXYTE

15.30  Comedy & Quirky

Education  (Director Ashley Hooper)

Fireworks  (Director Justin Carter)

Gone Fishin’  (Director O’Shea & O’Gaukroger)

Film Premiere : Professor in the bathroom  (Director John Tomkins)

16:00pm   Feature film Producer : Diana Townsend  Q & A with film preview

16:30pm   Award Winning Director Luke Jeffery  ( Seeing Red : Hell’s Bells )  Q & A


One of Annushka Rogers Costume Designer Costumes of Dislpay at the Devon Film Day Event  . Photo by Darkstar Media

In the lobby

Film Costume Displays from Annushka Rogers

Props and Costume Displays from The Bloo Pixie

Props from Feature film Scarey Crows

Meet some of the Cast and Crew from forth coming film The Graveyard Shift

FX Make up Demonstrations  and Props from Curiosity Cabinet Studios (Laura Harvey)

Promoting  Devon Film Tables  (Information on forthcoming productions)

Torbay Holiday Helpers Network – Torbay Holiday Helpers Network provides free fun filled memory making holidays, to families who have seriously ill children, families who are recently bereaved – having lost a child or parent and to families who have a terminally ill parent. Our holidays and services are donated by big hearted accommodation, travel & tourism business owners.