The results for the annual film competition were announced in Margate’s Theatre Royal.
The 2 Days Laughter Short Film Competition 2009 was a free short film competition devised for filmmakers to produce a comic film on a micro-budget in only 48 hours.
Selected entries were screened to a live audience at the Theatre Royal Margate on April 4th! The entries were judged by a panel of entertainment and industry professionals, including Ramsgate-born actress Brenda Blethyn, Time Out Magazine’s Comedy Editor, Tim Arthur; comedian turned academic, Dr Oliver Double of the University of Kent, and BBC comedy writer John Holmes.
Comedy fans packed out the stalls of the historic Georgian building, made available through sponsorship by Thanet District Council, to watch matinee and evening screenings of no less than 29 films of which 12 originated in Kent, 10 in London, 2 were submitted from Wales and one from Co.Durham, all organised by Margate’s Beeping Bush Productions.
The panel eventually decided that the film that raised the biggest laughs was The Man with the Wobbly Hand, a spoof documentary about a young man with a surgical conundrum. Winning directors, Paul Heinz and Eddie Green, were delighted. Their contribution also triumphed in the Best Director and Best Editor categories and David Fynn won Best Actor for wielding his appealing appendage.
Canterbury UKC graduate Dan Thompson, from Hartley in Kent, was the runner-up Best Film with Edd the Duck:Ducking the Past, a parody about the current misfortunes of old TV puppet show characters. The 180 strong audience however, decided that Ed The Duck was their favourite film of the evening performance making Dan the winner of the Audience Most Popular Evening Film vote by a landslide! he also won Best Stand Up with his second film entry, narrowly beating last year’s local winner Martin Solomon from Margate.