PATRONS

Mark Kermode is a film critic and a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He is the chief film critic for The Observer, and a contributor to Kermode and Mayo's Film Review and Sight and Sound magazine.

He also co-presents the BBC Two arts programme The Culture Show and discusses other branches of the arts for the BBC Two programme Newsnight Review. Kermode also writes and presents a film-related video blog for the BBC.

Kermode is also a co-founder of The Dodge Brothers, a skiffle band.

David Gillard MBE is an arts journalist and critic. He began his career at the age of 16 at the New Musical Express and was later a scriptwriter and assistant director for Associated British Pathé (Pathé News and Pathé Pictorial) and the film and theatre critic of the Daily Sketch. He was then, for 40 years, the opera critic of the Daily Mail (and, for 17 years, the paper’s ballet critic). He has written regularly for the Radio Times for the past 43 years, is their former Radio Correspondent and Classical Music Editor, and still contributes a weekly ‘Face Behind the Voice’ feature and Radio 3 music previews. He is the author of a biography of the ballerina Dame Beryl Grey and was the founder Editor of the English National Opera’s Friends magazine.

David is also an enthusiastic amateur actor and, since moving to Highcliffe with his wife, Valerie, 14 years ago he has appeared regularly at the Regent Centre with Highcliffe Charity Players, Arena Theatre, Theatre 2000 and Regent Rep. He is renowned for his impersonation of Winston Churchill and has given the iconic ‘This was their finest hour’ speech at Veterans’ Day parades, Swing Band concerts and Second World War nostalgia events throughout Dorset and Hampshire since first playing Churchill in HCP’s production of Happy as a Sandbag at the Regent in 2008. He also has happy memories of seeing many films at the Regent Centre during schoolboy holidays in Christchurch during the 1950s.

He was awarded the MBE for services to journalism and charity in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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