"This is our third visit to the festival. It's a favourite for us"

Stephen Cookson.
Stephen Cookson. / SUR
  • Stephen Cookson brings his fim Brighton, featuring Larry Lamb, to the Marbella Film Festival on Saturday

Stephen, who started his career as an actor in the National Youth Theatre, and has now directed eight feature films, told SUR in English: "The film is based on a successful play written by Steven Berkoff. He got the idea from being surrounded by colourful characters in the East End working on the market stalls and he wondered what they would be like if they visited Brighton having not been there since they were teenagers."

The Englishman added that Brighton will appeal to anyone over 40 who enjoys watching "nostalgic films with flashbacks to the 1960s".

He added: "Also any fans of Larry Lamb who enjoy Gavin and Stacey, plus Phil Davis for his numerous works on TV and film including the film classic Quadrophenia."

As for why they chose Marbella for the film's Spanish premiere, he added: "This will be our third visit to the festival. We brought Steven Berkoff last year and Timothy Spall the year before. It's a favourite festival for us and we believe that the local audience will really enjoy the film."