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Joe Strummer fundraiser at Electric Palace Cinema
Joe Strummer fundraiser at Electric Palace Cinema

The Electric Palace will host a special screening of Joe Strummer’s own film ‘Hell W10’ tomorrow (Saturday) at 3pm, as part of a special fundraising Hastings event run by the Joe Strummer Foundation. Footage of one of Joe’s final live performances, on Hastings Pier, will also be on show; local filmmaker Nichola Bruce will show an extended version of footage of Strummer (pictured above) playing ‘Police and Thieves’, and other songs, with The Mescaleros on November 20 2002.

“When the band went on, there was a lot of manic lurching, and bouncing heads in front of me, so I ended up standing, half dancing, half filming, on a table. It was a great night out. Sadly, it was one of Joe’s last performances and so I watch it now and get upset,” says Nichola.

Nichola’s son Jack Pyke Bruce dug out and edited the footage with another local filmmaker, Sam Sharples. “It had just been sitting in my archive for 14 years,” says Nichola.

“The show meant a lot to the Hastings crowd, because Tymon Dogg, long time Hastings resident and musician was up there on stage with his old mate, Joe. So they gave their all, and more. Hastings Pier was always great for music, for atmosphere, with the added delight that you could see the sea between the floorboards when you went to the ladies!”

STrummer played a minor role in 1983 film Hell W10 which he also directed.

This black and white short film is about a man named Earl (Clash bassist Paul Simonon) and a criminal named Socrates (their guitarist/singer Mick Jones). The movie’s entire score is Clash songs and includes some rarities.

Speaking at the Electric Palace event will be Daily Mirror Music Critic, Gavin Martin, who has written for NME, Uncut and more, will discuss the two films and Joe’s career, alongside Strummer’s biographer, the author Chris Salewicz.

A live music event will also take place in the evening of April 23 from 6pm, at The Albion pub, on George Street. Featuring Kid Kapichi, Lazytalk and Bless, among others.

All profits from both locations will be donated to the Rhythmix Make Waves programme. Make Waves offers young people aged 11-19 in Hastings and Rother the chance to make and perform high-quality music. Tickets £10. You can donate now to the cause. The organisers of Strummerville-on-Sea recently relocated to Hastings from London and see the town as the perfect place to put on its first fundraiser.