Lewes and the Ouse Valley are steeped in history, from ancient archaeological treasures to evidence of our recent past. History Hour reveals Lewes’ past in a fascinating and engaging way, through background briefings and conversations with local experts and enthusiasts. We unearth historical gems, explore the wealth and breadth of public archives and explain how these can help document our own families’ reminiscences and the history underlying where we live.
A triple bill in the Depot cinema in Lewes at 6.00 pm on Tuesday the 30th October- FREE TO ALL!
The Melvyn Bragg documentary Radical Lives Rights of Man: Thomas Paine.
Runtime one hour
Melvyn Bragg travels from Norfolk to Philadelphia, New York and Paris as he follows in the footsteps of one of the great champions of democracy and human rights – Thomas Paine. Along the way, he shows how the freedoms we all now enjoy grew out of 18th-century Enlightenment thinking and were given popular voice in the works of Thomas Paine. Bragg managed to get the whole of Paine’s life into 60 minutes, and did it very well indeed!
The Case of The Officers of Excise: directed by Mick Hawksworth produced by Artemis Arts
Runtime 20 mins
Mick Hawksworth was asked to produce a film about Paine in Lewes as a part of The Thomas Paine in Lewes. Mick is an accomplished director who has worked at the highest level for ITV and Channel 4 news. Previously Mick has directed and produced two documentaries for Lewes about Rodin and Caro, both screen nationwide. Many Lewes characters were recruited to act in the film, some seasoned actors for Lewes Theatre Club including Miles Jenner, Simon Hellyer and Roger Murray and others who showed their talents, Julian Bell, Adam Frost, Dave Hobson and Merlin Milner to name but a few.
Mick wrote the screenplay based on Thomas Paine in Lewes 1878-1774: A Prelude to American Independence by Colin Brent Deborah Gage and Paul Myles. It was shot in Lewes over one weekend and to date has had one screening in a Lewes cinema. This is a rare outing for this still relevant film.
Thomas Paine: The Case of The Officers of Excise by Paul Myles
A short talk with Q&A
An introduction to the publication of the latest book, showing the events that led to Paine being plucked out of obscurity to pen his first national document- here in Lewes. Paul will show the documents that lay hidden in the Treasury Boxes in the National Archives- the missing signatures. This tells a different story about Thomas Paine, about how he was trying to make things better in the United Kingdom with the help of some friends in very high places…
The book is due to published early next year, this is a peek preview of the story that emerged from the finding of these documents.
Supported by Lewes Town Council and Depot cinema, Lewes.
Please book tickets online at www.lewesdepot.org or by phone 01273 525354
Watch this space!..