Alternative festival that is about more than just film

Punk singer/songwriter TV Smith
Punk singer/songwriter TV Smith

AN ALTERNATIVE and eclectic programme of feature, documentary and short films with associated music, art and literature events returns in the form of The Trash Cannes Festival.

Back for a second year, the aim of the festival, which runs from October 25 to 27, is to celebrate the diverse talents, creative energy and enthusiasm of one of the biggest communities of artists, film makers and musicians outside London.

Trash Cannes 2013 will showcase work by international, national and local artists including a rare UK screening of The Rise and Fall of the Clash by Spanish director Danny Garcia, Clowns by Daisy Asquith, and a Richard Heslop retrospective.

Author and award-winning film director Garth Twa will deliver a talk at the Jerwood Gallery, and there will be a panel discussion sponsored by the University of Sussex.

Music will be represented by two new bands from the Hastings area, Caer and The Big Believe, and festival headliner, British Punk legend TV Smith (founder member of The Adverts and now a solo artist in his own right).

Venues include St Mary in the Castle, the Electric Palace Cinema and The Brass Monkey, as well as the Jerwood Gallery. The festival is directed by filmmakers Keith Rodway and Garth Twa.

Keith said: “The festival is based on film but with elements of music and fashion.

“It is different from last year in that there is a literary component.”

Trash Cannes Festival is a not-for-profit voluntary organization, with all profits donated to local charities.

Full details of the programme and tickets can be found online.