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Chris Phipps at St Mary's Lighthouse, 2018

This screening was one of many 50s Sci Fi Films that Chris recommended for screening over the years. Chris Phipps was a key part of the Whitley bay Film Festival team. His extensive

knowledge of films and film soundtracks was astounding and having his expertise at

the programming stage of each festival was an absolute gift. He is hugely missed but remains an

inspiration to the festival.


At St Mary’s Lighthouse

Introduced by film enthusiast and author Mark Iveson.


The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is a 1953 American science fiction monster film directed by Eugène Lourié, with special effects by Ray Harryhausen.


An atomic blast in the arctic releases the 140 million-year-old dinosaur which causes destruction and terrorises the cities from North Atlantic to New York City.


When: Tuesday 26th September

Doors open: 7.00pm

Film starts: 7.30pm


Where: St Mary’s Lighthouse

St Mary's Island Causeway, 

Whitley Bay NE26 4RS


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We’re delighted to welcome back author Mark Iveson for a special Lighthouse screening of 1953 Sci Fi thriller The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.

Mark is no stranger to the festival, having introduced a number of features at St Mary's Lighthouse and event talks with moderator Chris Phipps

We'll be looking back at Chris's contribution over the years to these popular Lighthouse screenings and his enthusiasm of 1950s Sci Fi cinema.

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