Film festival gets screenings on location

There's a night of zombie madness when an unusual film festival finds the perfect location for screenings in a seaside town.

Buzz Lightyear and friends take over a nursery, an award-winning film about migratory geese is shown at a wetlands centre and in the highlight of the festival zombies take over a shopping centre. It's all part of the On Location Film Festival which takes place in and around Worthing from 18th September - 2nd October this year.

The festival, now in it's third year, shows movies in locations that have a specific relevance to the film. It starts on Sunday September 18th with a free screening (tickets must be booked in advance) of the Oscar winning film Cinema Paradiso, about a Scillian town's relationship with it's cinema. In keeping with some key scenes in the movie, the film will be screened outside the Connaught Theatre onto the wall of a nearby building, with Union Place being closed off for traffic on the night, and the audience enjoying free Barefoot Wine plus olives courtesy of Coast Cafe. In the event that the night is affected by rain, the film will be screened the following evening.
Friday 23rd September is the Autumn Equinox, and WWT Arundel Wetland Centre plays host to widely acclaimed wildlife documentary 'Winged Migration'. There will be free entry into the grounds to get up close with rare birds and wildfowl, before viewing the film with the lake in the background, whilst sipping a glass of complimentary Barefoot Wine.

Sunday 25th sees three screenings of 'Toy Story 3' at Ashdown Nursery, with the whole building being turned into a special set where children and adults are encouraged to see how Buzz & his friends come to life after the children go home. There's free popcorn, drinks and a Toy Story book for all children, whilst adults are promised free tissues.

Saturday 1st October is the day that the living dead takes over 70s shopping arcade The Guildbourne Centre. George Romero's classic 1978 zombie film Dawn of the Dead, in which the undead infest a shopping centre, has never been seen in such an apt location. There will be two screenings, with free popcorn for every zombie who attends, plus a prize for the best dressed undead.

The festival finishes on an altogether more civilised note. On Sunday 2nd October The Persian Cocktail lounge at the Grand Victorian Hotel is being turned into Rick's Cafe Americain for screenings of the Bogart & Bergmann classic 'Casablanca', complete with live piano player, free Moroccan food courtesy of Coast Cafe and an optional 1940s dress code.

Festival director Pete Fijalkowski said "We're really excited about this year's programme - it's a chance to look at both films and venues in a different way, and enjoy a unique night out in the only film festival of it's kind anywhere in the world. Following the phenomenal success last year , we've been also really encouraged how all sorts of different businesses, organisations and individuals have been really keen to help us make this year's festival an even more exciting event."

For full details of screenings, visit and to book tickets contact either the Connaught Box Office on 01903 206 206, or visit the website.
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