Screenwriter William Nicholson and Producer Jan Harlan at The Space, hosted by the wonderful Emporium in Brighton

Mandella Long Walk to Freedom FII recently visited the Emporium in Brighton and discovered a great arts venue that not only attracts some great show business names, but also sells amazing coffee. Also on the menu was screenwriter William Nicholson and producer Jan Harlan, in an evening hosted by Lisa Holloway.

William Nicholson’s credits include some of the most powerful, character driven dramas and bio-pics of recent times, including Shadowlands, Gladiator, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, NellLes Misérables and most recently, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. William is also an accomplished novelist and made no secret of his preference for the printed word, given the chance.

Bill Nicholson - The Space

Jan Harlan is not only an astonishing producer, but was also Stanley Kubrick’s brother-in-law. Jan spent the majority of his career working with Stanley and produced many of his most iconic films, including The Shining and Full Metal Jacket. Jan also produced Eyes Wide Shut and had to oversee the completion of the film following Stanley’s untimely death.

Jan Harlan - The SpaceThe Space is a quarterly event, produced in association with Brighton Film School. The next installment is in December when they’ll present interviews with leading director Ben Wheatley and Paul Hartnoll, one of the Orbital brothers.

Both Emporium and The Space are now firm favourites for me and can count on my support in the future. They’re both well worth putting on your list of must-have places to visit and things to do. Click here for details of up-coming events from The Space.

From Emporium’s website: “Like many small regional theatres, Emporium receives no subsidies. We are completely independent and survive entirely on the incomes generated by our café-bar and theatre. We have achieved much in the few months since we started, and have great plans and ambitions for the future. If you would like to help us achieve our goals there are a number of ways you can support our work and plans.”

Click here to find out more about the wonderful Emporium.