Friday Night Extra Film Night 13.11.20 with Alasdair MacKay writer & Director of ‘Anonymous the film’

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Film Night with Alastair MacKay writer & Director of ‘Anonymous the film’
Friday Night Extra
Patrick Sherring

Alasdair MacKay, writer and director of Anonymous the film told us how inspiration for the film came when just before lockdown in March he had seen a man buying an enormous amount of alcohol in a shop. For sometime he had the idea of making a film about addiction and this was the spur. The film was written during lockdown and the finances, casting and decisions on the location all happened at an amazing speed. This had enabled the film to be made during the period between the two lockdowns. It was now with the editor and Alastair hoped for a release through festivals in January 2021. The film focuses on one day in the life of a man trying to deal with his addiction. It is filmed in real time. More information and a shop to buy merchandise can be accessed via Instagram @anonymous_the_film and on Facebook. The film has charity partners and 15% of profits on the merchandise will go to them. Find out about the charities on Instagram @poets_in- is a charity helping people with mental health issues through creative writing. @sossilenceofsuicide run a hotline for people who want someone to speak to when feeling suicidal.

The music tonight was a film night special with most of the tracks featured in films.

Tonight’s playlist

Louis Armstrong – We have all the time in the world – from On Her Majesties Secret Service

Audrey Hepburn – Moon river – requested by Phyl from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Beatles – Help – chosen by Alasdair

Verve – Bittersweet symphony – chosen by Alasdair – featured in Cruel Intentions.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Under the bridge – chosen by Alasdair. – Do check our the lyrics.

Birthdays from this week.

Joni Mitchel, 77 years old. We heard Free man in Paris from the 1974 album Court & Spark.


Lorde, 24 years old. We heard her first single release – Royals.

Neil Hannon lead singer with Divine Comedy. He was fifty years old. We heard National Express from 1999.

Madonna – You must love me – this track from Evita was chosen by our birthdays champion tonight Patrick in Ingatestone.

Shirley Bassey – Goldfinger – chosen by runner up and birthday boy himself Bob in Harlow.

Sister Act 1 – Follow him

Chart this week in 

N0 1 The Archies – Sugar Sugar

UK no 1 for 8 weeks, USA no 1 and top of the charts in thirteen more countries, top 10 in eleven more and top 20 in two more. Recorded session musicians for a group from a USA children’s cartoon tv show.

No 4. The Hollies – He ain’t heavy he’s my brother

No 18 Johnny Cash – A boy named Sue

Mamas& the Papas – California dreaming – featured in Forrest Gump

Matt Munroe – On days like these – from the Italian Job.

Rocky 2 – Gonna fly – Dave walked in just as this track was playing

Tina Turner – Goldeneye

Greatest Showman – This is me.

Join me next week when we have a return visit from Rob Saggs from CHESS talking about how the work of the charity is happening during lockdown and their latest fundraising initiatives.

Photo taken on a visit to the show in 2019.

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