Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New film about The Tunnel Club

Some of Crossfields' elders will remember the legendary Tunnel Palladium, a comedy club run by the late comic, compere and prankster Malcolm Hardee in the Mitre pub, situated in the middle of nowhere out in East Greenwich on the Blackwall Tunnel approach.

Sunday nights at The Tunnel are memorable for being where many of today's established comedians experienced their first baptism by fire in front of the hardest hecklers in town – locals from Greenwich and Deptford. Hardee also compered The Fez Club during the golden years of GLC funding at The Albany Empire around the same time, and later opened Up The Creek in Creek Road, before buying The Wibbley Wobbley floating pub at Greenland Dock in Rotherhithe.

Ex-Crossfielders (and a couple still here) have contributed to a new film by Jody VandenBurg. The Tunnel is a pilot for a new feature film to be made about Hardee, and the 30 minute short has been nominated in Film London's 'Best of Borough' Awards, which Jody hopes will win the public's vote. It is now online to watch and vote for on the Film London website:

A must for students of comedy and local historians!

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