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Thursday 21 October 2021

New Horror Film Inspired By Mysterious Spate Of Deaths In Sussex Opens In Cinemas This Month

Set in a coastal town in 1970s England, Barun Rai and the House on the Cliff tells the story of a young couple who move in to their dream house in a sleepy village, unbeknownst to a supernatural force gripping the area and leading to a mysterious spate of suicides.

Perplexed and alarmed by the high rate of unexplained deaths, the pair seek answers from Detective Barun Rai – a specialist investigator famed for unravelling paranormal crimes.

Though fictionalised, the film is in fact inspired by the Beachy Head landmark in East Sussex, close to Eastbourne. 

The cliff is the highest chalk sea cliff in the UK – 531ft above sea level – attracting thousands of tourists a year. 

However the cliff also has infamous notoriety for being the site of many tragic deaths, the majority of which are put down to suicide. 

The UK media have frequently reported on the unusual spate of deaths by the cliffs, including ten in one fortnight back in 2018.

Barun Rai and the House on the Cliff revolves around a gifted Parapsychologist Detective who has the power to see what the regular eye cannot – giving audiences a glimpse into the dark paranormal power tormenting the fictional town of Covid's Head. 

Speaking ahead of the cinema release, Producer-Director Sam Bhattacharjee said: 

"We are so excited to see the reaction to this movie and have such high expectations for audiences who are looking to enjoy a particularly dark and chilling psychological horror this Halloween.

"We have a talented cast on screen and an equally talented team behind the production. 

"We're looking forward to seeing Barun Rai contact the other world on the big screen."

Barun Rai and the House on the Cliff is out nationwide in cinemas on Friday 29th October. 

by: Mike Cobley


The First Release of Brighton Fringe events will feature comedy from Paralympic, World Championship and European Championship dressage medallist Ricky Balshaw; Love and Money, a play by internationally-acclaimed writer Dennis Kelly and the return of award-winning comedy actress Joanna Neary with a show based on her comedy podcast Wife On Earth.

On the 21st December hundreds of people will walk 5k to support the NSPCC. Landmarks across the UK, including the BA i360 in Brighton and Lancing College Chapel are also supporting the charity by lighting up and turning the NSPCC's trademark green colour.

Creative Learning at Theatre Royal Brighton runs a programme of workshops, performances, talks, tours and events alongside the shows on its stage. 

Mr Bruce - former frontman of The Correspondents - marks the start of his solo career in spectacular style with the release of Race To Nowhere [Part One], and a date at Brighton's Green Door Store.

Following last year’s virtual sing-along, Brighton Festival Chorus (BFC) returns to the stage for its annual Christmas Concert at Brighton Dome on Sunday 12 December at 4pm. 
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Budding young circus performers are preparing to take to the stage at Brighton Dome this December, with help from professional artists from Circolombia.

When the lights go up at the start of the performances of Riverdance: The New 25th Anniversary Show at The Brighton Centre next month, the excitement will be palpable, not just from the audience but very much from all the performers too.

The Beatles famously turned their back on touring towards the end of their career but The Bootleg Beatles, due to Covid, as with the rest of the industry were forced into an unwanted hiatus. 
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Komedia has teamed up with leading independent comedy promoters Little Wander for a fresh take on their weekend stand-up comedy offering.

After years spent living on opposite sides of the Atlantic world events threw Laura Mary Carter and Steven Ansell of Brighton's Blood Red Shoes back together into what has become the must fruitful era of their 17 years together. 
Florin and Charlie

Over one-hundred Brighton residents have been offered full or part time roles on-site at the £120 million Edward Street Quarter development as part of an ongoing social value commitment to support the local community.

The South-East's largest charity supporting vulnerable young people, YMCA DownsLink Group, has launched its Christmas fundraising appeal
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Brighton city centre will once again be filled with a sea of colour and creativity as thousands of school children, teachers and volunteers celebrate the return of the Brighton Festival Children's Parade after a two-year gap on Saturday 7th May 2022.
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This year, Towner Eastbourne invited members of the LGBTQIA+ community in East Sussex to take part in a unique creative project, exploring personal responses to artworks in the Towner Collection, through a queer lens. 

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