04 January 2018 / ANNIE WAITE

Hastings VIPS share handpicked films

Latest series of Formative Films see Hastings’ movers and shakers choose influential films that they think you should see.

Formative Films invites special guests to present a film that was influential to their lives and to share the reasons for their choice.

Local Hero

Sunday 21 January, 7.30pm

Introduced by Jess Steele, OBE, founder and director of Jericho Road Solutions.

As a grassroots activist and entrepreneur, Jess set up community enterprises in publishing, heritage, tourism, childcare, financial management, workspace, and neighbourhood development. At a national level she led innovation through
membership organisations. In Hastings, Jess had a key role in the rescue of Hastings Pier, has redeveloped Rock House as a creative, collaborative capped-rent space, and founded the Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust to tackle the threat of gentrification and enable DIY Regeneration.

Cathy Come Home

Sunday 4 March, 7.30pm

Introduced by Peter Chowney, current leader of Hastings Borough Council.

Peter has been a socialist political activist for most of his life, working in and around local government as an employee, councillor, civil servant, and independent consultant. He started off as a scientist, with a degree in microbiology and biochemistry and has written three novels, briefly flirted with web and garden design, and owns a 1958 MG Magnette.

Look out for the next season’s exciting special guests!